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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Deputy Mayor and a councillor for the Old Swan ward, Gary Millar, said: "Our attention has been brought to a number of so called 'smarty pants' comments on social media and therefore we would urge residents not to air their dirty laundry in public.
And the Plat ts and Windasses continued to air their dirty laundry in public. Scriptwriters have become so obsessed with co medy, they've forgotten the drama.
Irish couples are reluctant to battle their way through the courts and air their dirty laundry in public.