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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While the Cowboys, Broncos and Giants may or may not have been contenders this season, all are heritage-type franchises, and all spent the weekend airing dirty laundry in public.
Yet it's a vital misconception to equate personal branding to being self-centred or airing dirty laundry. Several examples and studies point to a different trend: Executives, professionals, and creatives can develop personal brands based on integrity and authenticity - not on self-centred self-promotion.
NCUA Board's Public Disagreements: Poll : What is your opinion regarding the NCUA board airing dirty laundry and casting mixed votes on rules?
"That's a kind of system which might be appropriate for an intelligence agency, but not for an ethics compliance process in an international sports institution that serves the public and is the subject of intense public scrutiny." The American lawyer added: "Transparency is not intended to embarrass certain individuals by airing dirty laundry or to harm the organisation by showing what went wrong.
According to a study of 2,058 by Barclays bank, Christmas Day is seen as the perfect soap box for asking the family for a substantial cash injection, airing dirty laundry and announcing big, life-changing news.
Strauss further said: "Firstly, I'm a big believer in not airing dirty laundry in public.
NOTHING like Twitter for airing dirty laundry, eh Lydia and Arg?
I think it's something that African Americans really don't want to talk about because they feel like they are airing dirty laundry ...
Sharing your experiences in Mech isn't about airing dirty laundry, it's about preventing mishaps.
Letting loose, however, is not without its risks, and this involves more than inadvertently airing dirty laundry. First Amendment or no First Amendment, sometimes speaking freely--and publicly--about other people or organizations comes with the threat of a lawsuit if you criticize them or divulge information they don't want revealed.
Duckworth, who also owns the Division One club, was censured for effectively airing dirty laundry in public rather than pursuing a complaint through official Rugby Football Union channels.
How do you feel about black writers airing dirty laundry in public?
And if someone has a problem with airing dirty laundry, perhaps they should consider that it ought not be soiled in the first place.
What Cooper trivializes as airing dirty laundry is in fact informing listeners of Pacifica's agenda.
Girl hangs out over the ledge, way past cool, and peeps the sound of the poor community airing dirty laundry, wooden clothespins snapping like brown people.