deep, dark secret

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deep, dark secret

A piece of information that is extremely private and confidential, usually implied to be embarrassing, incriminating, or shameful. I've carried my fear of clowns as a deep, dark secret for many years now. Many saw her as a perfect candidate, but no one could have known she had a deep, dark secret from her past.
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Revenge, seduction and lies dominateEmmerdalenext week as the villagers struggle to deal with a shock return and a deep dark secret that is set to cause destruction in its wake.
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When defence QC Donald Findlay suggested Cannon might have had "a deep dark secret", Dr Orr replied: "I cannot say that."
EIGHT On the inside cover of the school exercise book that gave me such a shock and made me think he must have had some deep dark secret he was determined to hide, I found this, written in big ugly letters: KieranWalsh, Celynnen, Foel Gron, Flintshire, Wales, UK, Europe, The Northern Hemisphere, Earth, The Solar System, The MilkyWay, The Universe.
"There's no deep dark secret here - I'm just ill-suited to government work," he told Alison Knopf, ADAW editor.
MACHO maverick cop Gene Hunt has a deep dark secret - he's Welsh!
I truly believed at the time that if this deep dark secret were ever revealed to my family, which included my parents and my two younger sisters, I would have to kill myself rather than live with the shame and humiliation of being "deviant."
We all have a deep dark secret that we can't even admit to ourselves.
"Nicotine addiction is no deep dark secret recently blown out of hiding," he writes.
Amy went undercover to try and help reveal the deep dark secret while Rory moaned with jealousy to the Doctor.
Gustaff makes cheap suspense effects out of his protags' deep dark secret and then takes a singularly ludicrous turn as the boys put the coach on "trial" in their former locker room, pummeling him with questions and punches alike, while he remains bloodied, bound and gagged.
When she boasted about going skiing with her family for Christmas, then hid in her bedroom for the entire festive season, it was obvious she had a Deep Dark Secret.
Norma is going to uncover "strange" things about her son and will discover one of his deep dark secret that he has been protecting from her until now.