skeletons in the/someone's cupboard

Definition of skeletons in the/someone's cupboard

British, informal

  1. :  something bad or embarrassing that happened in someone's past and that is kept secret He asked if she had any skeletons in her cupboard that might affect her political campaign.

Word by Word Definitions

skeletonplay skeletons
  1. :  a usually rigid supportive or protective structure or framework of an organism

    :  the bony or more or less cartilaginous framework supporting the soft tissues and protecting the internal organs of a vertebrate

    :  something reduced to its minimum form or essential parts

  1. :  of, consisting of, or resembling a skeleton

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a closet with shelves where dishes, utensils, or food is kept

    :  a small closet

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a brief usually trivial fact

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