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blurt out

To say something unexpectedly, often at an inopportune time or with the wrong audience (as of a private or secret matter). A noun or pronoun can be used between "blurt" and "out." I can't believe you blurted out the plans for her surprise party right to her face! Don't tell your little brother anything you want to keep secret, because he'll definitely blurt it out.
See also: out
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

blurt something out (at someone)

to say something to someone without thinking. (Usually to say something that should not be said.) It was a secret. Why did you blurt it out? Why did you blurt out our hiding place?
See also: out
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

blurt out

Say abruptly or inadvertently, utter without thinking. For example, Unfortunately he blurted out how much he hated formal dinners just as his hostess walked in . [Late 1500s]
See also: out
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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However, the survey conducted by insurance broker GMHD.ie suggests it isn't just the behaviour of children that veers off course with 65% of adults admitting to blurting out a swear word while in the car with their little ones.
Co-author, Dr Christine Merrell, director of Research and development at CEM, said: "Although it may seem disruptive, blurting out of answers clearly helps these pupils to learn.
"Although it may seem disruptive, blurting out of answers clearly helps these pupils to learn," the BBC quoted study co-author Christine Merrell as saying.
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Unfortunately for Lord Winston, he put himself on a sticky wicket with Dowining Street by blurting out that Cherie was going to have a Caesarean birth which was clearly a breach of NHS confidentiality even if she wasn't one of his actual patients.
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This idea, contends Jensen, goes beyond the official psychiatric definition of ADD, which focuses on three areas of behavior: inattention (such as difficulty concentrating on or finishing school projects), impulsivity (such as interrupting others and blurting out answers to questions before they are completed) and hyperactivity (including difficulty staying seated and sitting still without fidgeting).
Further, lie-tellers from the punitive school were better able to maintain their deception when answering follow-up questions about the identity of the toy - by deliberately giving an incorrect answer, for example, or by feigning ignorance, rather than blurting out the name of the toy.
Blurting out what your entire caf table calls her behind her back definitely won't benefit your crusade.