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let the cat out of the bag

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let the cat out of the bag
Fig. to reveal a secret or a surprise by accident. When Bill glanced at the door, he let the cat out of the bag. We knew then that he was expecting someone to arrive. It's a secret. Try not to let the cat out of the bag.
See also: bag, cat, let, out

let the cat out of the bag
to tell people secret information, often without intending to I was trying to keep the party a secret, but Jim went and let the cat out of the bag.
See also: bag, cat, let, out

let the cat out of the bag
to tell something that is a secret, often without intending to Amazingly, not one of the people who knew about the surprise let the cat out of the bag.
See also: bag, cat, let, out


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It's time to let the cat out of the bag - I'm running for President," said Morris the Cat.
There's an extremely affecting episode when husband Mike takes a beloved pet out for burial beneath a lilac tree, though to reveal what happens next really would be to let the cat out of the bag.
He let the cat out of the bag in a start-of-term assembly, proudly telling youngsters every student bar one had gained grades C and above.
 
 
 

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