air (one's) dirty laundry in public

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air (one's) dirty laundry in public

To discuss very private, personal matters, especially that which may be embarrassing, in public or with other people. It always makes me uncomfortable when John starts going into all his personal problems whenever our friends get together. I just wish he wouldn't air his dirty laundry in public like that. People have an unnatural fixation on the personal lives of celebrities, but I don't see why they should be expected to air their dirty laundry in public.
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The chaotic events of the last few days have showed that the party that once held a tight grip over Karachi's electoral politics may be on the verge of disintegration if it continues to air dirty laundry publicly.
I question the motivation of this article, and was left with the impression it was planned, to "air dirty laundry" and cause distress.
who swore he'd never met Russian officials before then admitting he did | "ALWAYS wait more than 10 days to order business cards," - Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for just 10 days | "DO not air dirty laundry in public," - Mel B, right, who gave us an overly detailed account of her sex life in public court documents.
| "DO not air dirty laundry in public"- Mel B, right, who gave us an overly detailed account of her sex life in public court documents.
Secondly, don't air dirty laundry in public, which is possibly the most ironic thing.
I wish he'd become more active here and not air dirty laundry in public, especially in the international community.)
They say you should never air dirty laundry in public - I disagree.
McMahon regretted that Punk had to air dirty laundry to the public and he maintains that it is not in his nature to go into detail on the allegations made by Punk.
For me, though, the very ethos of the Liverpool way was always an ability to keep everything in house, to not air dirty laundry in public - and to make public pronoucements only when there was something significant to say.
The author claims her motivation for publishing the dirt is to uphold the principle, not to air dirty laundry: "I'm not going to say that she's a lesbian.
TO QUOTE JACK NICHOLSON: "You can't handle the truth!" It's why everyone runs to the bathroom when some drunken relative decides to air dirty laundry at the dinner table ...
Public forums shouldn't be used to air dirty laundry, Mr.
He claimed they had tried to make him a scapegoat for the hotel's zero-star food hygiene rating after the ECHO's report and said he would normally always leave a company on good terms and not air dirty laundry adding "I would never, ever say anything about a company if they had not betrayed my trust."