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open secret

something that is supposed to be known only by a few people but is known in fact to a great many people. Their engagement is an open secret. Only their friends are supposed to know, but in fact, the whole town knows. It's an open secret that Max is looking for a new job.
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open secret

Something that is supposedly clandestine but is in fact widely known, as in It's an open secret that both their children are adopted. This expression originated as the title of a Spanish play by Calderón, El Secreto a Voces ("The Noisy Secret"), which was translated by Carlo Gozzi into Italian as Il pubblico secreto (1769). In English the term came into general use during the 1800s.
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I shared my story in An Open Secret so other victims who have been molested for years just like me can heal," Henzi, 24, said this week.
It is no longer the open secret of Nature, as in Goethe's usage, but now, more elusively, of life understood in a qualitative rather than a simply biological sense.
For years, it was an open secret that white parents could get their children into all-white classes, even though the school had overwhelmingly Black and Latino students.
As early as Labor Day, it was an open secret in Washington that the White House was in a holding pattern, waiting until after the elections to come up with Plan B.
Wilkes' authorship was an open secret, but the ministry needed firm proof to prosecute him for "seditious libel.
It's an open secret at the Civic Centre that some members of the Lib Dem group want Coun Arnold replaced," said Coun O'Shea.
It was almost an open secret that Cuban exiles were being trained, armed, and directed by America's Central Intelligence Agency in Florida and Guatemala to invade Cuba.
The Washington Times concluded on November 18, a day after the initial raid: "The discovery of a secret Iraqi Interior Ministry torture chamber confirms what has been an open secret in Baghdad for months: Pro-Iranian militia have deeply infiltrated the ministry and are acting as a law unto themselves.
It's an open secret that the old line political leadership in New Orleans has been trying to regain control of the political structure," says Jones.
It had been a pretty open secret over the past few weeks that he was planning to step down in the near future but the statement yesterday evening was the first official word on the matter.
That peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing is taking place on the company's network and on the company's time should be truly shocking, but it may be an open secret, much like gambling at Rick's.
While his homosexuality has apparently been an open secret for years, Foley would neither confirm nor deny the rumor.
It must have been the biggest open secret in the area, because no fewer than 13 of our clubs were on board when the 16-1 shot romped home.
It has been an open secret that the pair, who represent the cash-strapped club's most saleableassets, will be sold along with others as new manager Mick McCarthy attempts to refloat a sinking ship a middebts of pounds 26.
So the paint on the sides of many "optical" paintings was a sort of open secret.