come out of the closet

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come out

1. To exit a particular place. Please come out of your room and talk with me. Will a car be waiting for us when we come out of the party?
2. To be blurted out; to be said unexpectedly or unintentionally. I didn't mean to insult her hairdo, it just came out!
3. To be rendered in a particular way, often a way that was not intended. I didn't mean to insult her hairdo, but everything I said just came out wrong. I double checked my typing, but the text still came out all garbled. There must be a problem with the interface.
4. To be revealed or exposed. When will the truth finally come out?
5. To become visible. After so much rain, I was thrilled when the sun finally came out.
6. To be removed or washed away. I hope this stain comes out in the wash.
7. To have a particular result or level of quality; to turn out. How did your project come out? For my first try at baking, these cookies came out pretty good!
8. To equal a monetary amount. What do all of your medical bills come out to?
9. To be made available to the public; to be officially released. I'm so excited that my favorite author has a new book coming out in a few weeks.
10. To make one's formal debut in society, as of a debutante. Will your daughter come out at the Debutante Ball this year?
11. To reveal a personal secret, typically one's homosexuality, after having kept it hidden. Once you come out to your parents, you will be very relieved.
12. To make a stance public. The senator, long undecided, has finally come out in support of the bill.
13. To join one's friends in public socializing. Jen and Dean never come out anymore now that they have kids.
See also: come, out

come out of the closet

1. To reveal one's homosexuality after having kept it hidden. Once you come out of the closet, you will feel so relieved.
2. To publicly reveal a secret. After months of tabloid speculation, the young starlet has finally come out of the closet and confirmed her divorce.
See also: closet, come, of, out

come out of the closet

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1. If someone comes out of the closet, they tell people for the first time that they are gay. She felt that if she came out of the closet as a lesbian, she would be discriminated against. Note: People usually talk about homosexuals coming out, rather than coming out of the closet. I came out when I was still in my teens. Note: Closet is also used in other structures and expressions with a similar or opposite meaning. For example, if you talk about someone being forced back into the closet, you mean that they are being forced again to hide the fact that they are gay. The HIV Aids crisis threatened to push us all back into the closet. Note: You can also use closet before a noun in order to describe a person who hides the fact that they are gay. He was exposed as a closet homosexual. Note: `Out of the closet' was a slogan used by the Gay Liberation Front in the United States in the late 1960s.
2. If someone comes out of the closet, they talk openly about a belief or habit which they have kept secret until now. I suppose it's time I came out of the closet and admitted I'm a Labour supporter. Note: You can also use closet before a noun in order to describe a person who hides their beliefs, feelings, or habits. I'm really a closet greenie who likes to live close to nature.
3. When a subject comes out of the closet, it becomes widely known or openly discussed for the first time. `Prostate cancer came out of the closet,' he adds, `and men started to join self-help groups to talk openly about prostate problems.' Note: You can also say that you bring something out of the closet. The subject needs to be brought out of the closet and dealt with honestly.
See also: closet, come, of, out

come out of the closet

in. to appear publicly as a homosexual; to cease concealing one’s homosexuality. (The phrase has many nonsexual metaphorical meanings.) They say he came out of the closet when he was eight years old.
See also: closet, come, of, out