dirty laundry


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dirty laundry

One's very private, personal matters, especially that which may be embarrassing. It always makes me uncomfortable when John starts going into all his personal problems whenever our friends get together. I just wish he wouldn't air his dirty laundry in public like that. People have an unnatural fixation on the personal lives of celebrities, but I don't see why they should be expected to wash their dirty laundry in public.
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someone's dirty laundry

Fig. someone's unpleasant secrets. I don't want to hear about her dirty laundry. Why do you feel it necessary to gossip about things like this?
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dirty laundry

verb
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Consequently, dirty laundry left in an open suitcase, or left on the floor of an infested room may attract bed bugs.
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I think it's something that African Americans really don't want to talk about because they feel like they are airing dirty laundry .
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Their music was good, and country fans wouldn't have cared what their personal opinions were if they hadn't waved our dirty laundry in other countries.
Second, always maintain a united front; do not, under any circumstances, air your team's dirty laundry in public.
My brother and his friends were hanging out in the basement, but I thought they had left so I threw my dirty laundry down the steps.
It is far better that our city leaders wash their dirty laundry behind closed doors than all over the ECHO, not that the media can be blamed for running the revealing story of goings on at the town hall.
We reveal today how the same hospital stores a dialysis machine next to bins and dirty laundry in a corridor.
We laid our dirty laundry on the table so everyone could see and then waited for reactions.
The other Charlotte Justice novels are Stormy Weather (One World/Strivers Row, July 2002), which deals with black Hollywood and the suspicious death of a director, and Dirty Laundry (One World/Strivers Row, July 2003) in which Justice investigates the death of a mayoral campaign worker.
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