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dirty linen

One's personal, intimate, or private matters or secrets, especially that which may be embarrassing if made public. From the expression "don't wash/air your dirty linen in public." Those who consider running for public office must be aware that their dirty linen is likely to be exposed to the public. David is such a gossip, always talking about other people's dirty linen.
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dirty linen

and dirty laundry
n. scandal; unpleasant private matters. I wish you wouldn’t put our dirty linen out for everyone to see. She seems always to drag out her dirty linen whenever possible.
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Sir Alan has set the feuding candidates the task of airing other people's dirty linen for a change and Simon, a former squaddie turned satellite engineer, actually looks pleased at running a commercial laundry.
His lawyer, Jane Mulcahy, told the judge this was because of the legal costs involved in going to trial and because Bruce did not want Palace colleagues to have to "wash their dirty linen in public".
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The furious spat is all the more amazing because Chelsea chiefs insisted on Wednesday that although they were privately unhappy at the way Carvalho had voiced his displeasure, they would not be washing their dirty linen in public.
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