A skeleton in the cupboard - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
a skeleton in the cupboard
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.
a skeleton in the cupboard a discreditable or embarrassing fact that someone wishes to keep secret.
A US variant of this expression is a skeleton in the closet .
a skeleton in the ˈcupboard/ˈcloset something shocking, embarrassing, etc. that has happened to you or your family in the past that you want to keep secret: The new presidential candidate is certainly popular, but does he have any skeletons in the closet?
References in periodicals archive
Jackie Grant Most people with a skeleton in the cupboard
like to keep them there.
In second place was Andrew Laurence with his joke: "Most of us have a skeleton in the cupboard
. David Beckham takes his out in public."
And yesterday Judge Thomas Fitzpatrick suggested the authorities have "a skeleton in the cupboard
" after an expert witness was blocked from attending Donegal District Court by the Director of Public Prosecutions.