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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NCUA Board's Public Disagreements: Poll : What is your opinion regarding the NCUA board airing dirty laundry and casting mixed votes on rules?
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.
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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.
But then he came from a time and a place in which airing dirty laundry was as unthinkable as slapping your momma.
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?
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.
I shmael Reed's Airing Dirty Laundry is full of sound and fury, signifying much.
If such a glaring embarassment of airing dirty laundry can happen to IBM, the same can happen to any company.