skeleton


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to skeleton: skeleton key, skull, boilerplate, skeleton dance

have (a) skeleton(s) in (one's)/the closet

To have (an) embarrassing, unpleasant, damaging, or incriminating secret(s) from one's past. Primarily heard in US. Even the most seemingly perfect people have some pretty shocking skeletons in their closets. She has a skeleton in her closet that could ruin her chance at the presidency if the press were to find out about it. My agoraphobia has always been something of a skeleton in the closet for me.
See also: closet, have

have (a) skeleton(s) in (one's)/the cupboard

To have (an) embarrassing, unpleasant, damaging, or incriminating secret(s) from one's past. Primarily heard in UK. Even the most seemingly perfect people have some pretty shocking skeletons in their cupboards. She has a skeleton in her cupboard that could ruin her chance at being elected if the press were to find out about it. My agoraphobia has always been something of a skeleton in the cupboard for me.
See also: cupboard, have

skeleton crew

The bare minimum amount of employees necessary to keep an office, business, service, etc., running at a basic level. We can't have a restaurant that is completely closed during the slow season, so we keep a skeleton crew on board to serve the few customers who decide to come in. The rigs will have a skeleton crew keeping them running until the company finishes handing over its business to the new owners.
See also: crew, skeleton

skeleton in (the/one's) closet

An embarrassing or shameful secret. Primarily heard in US. If you've got a skeleton in the closet, it will probably be exposed during this campaign. He didn't believe me when I said that I didn't have any skeletons in my closet.
See also: closet, skeleton

skeleton in (the/one's) cupboard

An embarrassing or shameful secret. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. If you've got a skeleton in the cupboard, it will probably be exposed during this campaign. He didn't believe me when I said that I didn't have any skeletons in my cupboard.
See also: cupboard, skeleton

skeleton(s) in the closet

a hidden and shocking secret. You can ask anyone about how reliable I am. I don't mind. I don't have any skeletons in the closet. My uncle was in jail for a day once. That's our family's skeleton in the closet.
See also: closet, skeleton

a skeleton in the/somebody's closet

a secret that would cause embarrassment if it were known People almost always have skeletons in their closets, parts of their lives they don't want to reveal.
See also: closet, skeleton

a skeleton in the/your cupboard

  (British & Australian) also a skeleton in the/your closet (American)
an embarrassing secret If you want to be a successful politician, you can't afford to have too many skeletons in your cupboard.
See also: cupboard, skeleton

skeleton in the closet

A shameful secret, as in Both her parents were alcoholics; that was the skeleton in her closet. This metaphoric term alludes to a murder victim long concealed in a closet, possibly based on some true incident that is now forgotten. [Early 1800s]
See also: closet, skeleton

skeleton in (one's) closet

A source of shame or disgrace, as in a family, that is kept secret.
See also: closet, skeleton

skeleton in the closet

A hidden shame. As if hiding a murder victim or another object that would cause great distress to the hider if found, to have a skeleton in the closet is to have a secret of any sort that you don't want revealed.
See also: closet, skeleton
References in periodicals archive ?
When you watch the Olympics, take a close look at a skeleton rider swooping down the hairpin curves and you'll probably notice a lot of duct tape on the sled, clothing and shoes.
Prehistoric Journeys, a Pennsylvania firm co-owned by James, allegedly sold the skeleton to an unnamed Japanese fossil collector in May 1992 for $400,000.
Archaeological experts said the skeleton was a rare find.
A Japanese team discovered skeletons and bones of what was believed to be 306 Japanese soldiers in the Khun Yuam District in April 1977, while skeletons and bones from another 266 were found at the same time in the Muang District, according to Cherdchai.
It is a momentous opportunity for our city to be able to display such a precious skeleton," said Shimonoseki Mayor Kiyoshi Ejima.
In such cases, little of the underlying skeletal material could be observed, and complete examination of the skeleton was not possible.
Five Senses and Human Skeleton Bingo Games, ages 7+, retail price: $7.
The human skeleton was originally found during 1929-1930 at an excavation site of Ur which is the modern day Iraq.
8220;Our products have four times higher power density (80Wh/L), and almost double the energy density (14Wh/L) compared to current industry standards,” says Skeleton Technologies CEO Mr Taavi Madiberk.
The 55ft-long specimen of the long-necked Diplodocus longus is believed to be the first sale at a UK auction of a large dinosaur skeleton, according to experts.
The skeleton was found while digging was on in Phubala village yesterday, officials said today.
APPEARANCE The skeleton shows severe scoliosis, a spinal curvature that would confirm Richard's hunchback reputation.
Archaeologists previously said there was strong circumstantial evidence to suggest the bones, exhumed from a car park behind social services offices in the city are those of the Plantagenet king but did not want to make any academic decision before the skeleton was subjected to a number of tests.
Luxury watch retailer Gideon's Fine Jewelry is a leading supplier of the latest high-end skeleton watches, and more
Give each student a skeleton handout While cutting out all of their skeleton's parts, students should be thinking about an action pose for their calacas, such as riding a bicycle, bending, reaching, dancing, playing a musical instrument and more.