skeletons in the/someone's cupboard

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of skeletons in the/someone's cupboard

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : something reduced to its minimum form or essential parts

  3. : an emaciated person or animal

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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


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