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open secret

Something that is widely known, although it is not supposed to be. Oh please, everyone knew he was the real leader of the department—that was like an open secret.
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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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an ˌopen ˈsecret

a fact that is supposed to be a secret but that everyone knows: It’s an open secret that they’re getting married.
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Hoffman said he had intended to end the free online viewings of An Open Secret on Tuesday, but extended the window until Sunday because of public interest, with more than 3 million viewings on various social media platforms since October 12.
The Open Secret may indeed revitalize natural theology, or it may represent an interesting idea that ultimately proves to be relatively fruitless.
AaThat external powers play a disproportionate role in Lebanese politics is an open secret that the Lebanese people have come to terms with.
Oxymoronic in nature, open secret, notes Bell, "is not a secret which everyone has discovered, but an utterance that few can understand" (4).
Bell's writing becomes fixed, as though not trusting enough to the open secret of the texts he discusses, not prepared to let the works speak differently from the way the best commentators have presented them already.
But Manchester police sources say his romances were an open secret.
Epstein was gay and although the fact was not publicly known until after his death it was an open secret among friends and business colleagues.
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.