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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Barton and Newcastle have aired their dirty laundry in public and whenever that's done nobody emerges with any credit, especially if one or both parties has soiled underwear.