air (one's) dirty linen in public

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air (one's) dirty linen 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 linen 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 linen in public.
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air one's dirty linen in public

 and wash one's dirty linen in public
Fig. to discuss private or embarrassing matters in public, especially when quarreling. (This linen refers to sheets and tablecloths or other soiled cloth.) They are arguing again. Why must they always air their dirty linen in public? She will talk to anyone about her problems. Why does she wash her dirty linen in public?
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Thus, that shameful performance by some of her colleagues, airing dirty linen in the equally embarrassing star chamber proceedings in the House of Representatives.
Sadly, O'Hara has fallen into the trap of airing dirty linen on social media, which has become something of an epidemic.
The "Liverpool Way" may have simply been a soundbite used to explain the team's incredible run of success during the 1970s and 80s, but it most certainly did not involve airing dirty linen in public.
Michael Vaughan's words on Andrew Flintoff's World Cup pedalo antics proved to be a media storm in a tea cup (they have had lunch, there were plenty of positives on Fred too and airing dirty linen in public has never been his style anyway).
The "Liverpool Way" may have simply been a soundbite used to somehow explain the team's incredible run of success during the 1970s and 80s, but it most certainly did not involve airing dirty linen in public.