skeletons in the/someone's cupboard

idiom

British, informal
: 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.

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“Skeletons in the/someone's cupboard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skeletons%20in%20the%2Fsomeone%27s%20cupboard. Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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