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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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open secret, an

Something that is supposedly clandestine but is actually well known. This term was used as the Italian title of a play (Il pubblico secrete) translated by Carlo Gozzi in 1769 from a Spanish play by Calderón de la Barca, El secreto a voces (literally, “the noisy secret”). In English it came into general use in the nineteenth century for a secret in name only.
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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.
"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.
I do believe, though, that both some of the filmmakers of An Open Secret and the Hollywood establishment are responsible for this."
For two years An Open Secret existed in film purgatory, available only in pirated online versions, few people aware that here was evidence of abuse, collusion and cover-up in the heart of Tinseltown.
Weinstein does not feature in the documentary - he allegedly preferred women, not young boys - but the accusations against him unleashed a gale which put An Open Secret in the headlines as a "must watch" documentary that explains Hollywood's complicity.
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Without a divorce law, the honorable gentlemen of the House can continue to have girlfriends, flaunt their 'open secret' in the chamber, and dismiss any prospect of disbarment as their behavior is considered the norm.
Michael Bell's Open Secrets: Literature, Education, and Authority from J-J.
Open Secrets interrogates the esoteric process of imparting knowledge.
The conclusion of Part I of Open Secrets considers Nietzsche's works, culminating with an examination of Thus Spoke Zarathustra, to reveal the standing of Bildung, at least from Nietzsche's perspective, by the mid- to late-nineteenth century.
Part II of Open Secrets deals with the "conscious dilemma of pedagogical authority in post-Nietzschean modernity" (11).
As we have come to expect from Munro's fiction, the world in Open Secrets is made up of clearly delineated characters, formed and deformed by the accidents of their time and the quirks of their unique personalities.
The 'open secret' in this difficult study, both tentative and assertive, concerns what is imparted in teaching, and what cannot be imparted.
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.
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