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dirty linen

One's personal, intimate, or private matters or secrets, especially that which may be embarrassing if made public. From the expression "don't wash/air your dirty linen in public." Those who consider running for public office must be aware that their dirty linen is likely to be exposed to the public. David is such a gossip, always talking about other people's dirty linen.
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dirty linen

and dirty laundry
n. scandal; unpleasant private matters. I wish you wouldn’t put our dirty linen out for everyone to see. She seems always to drag out her dirty linen whenever possible.
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Bolshy: Price has been airing her dirty linen again
This was leaked and thus an engineered backlash followed but, to make it clear, Mr Tan certainly was not washing any dirty linen in public.
The team of machines will transport waste and dirty linen, deliver food and dispense drugs at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire.
I can't tell you what a kick I got out of seeing all that dirty linen aired in St Louis after these decades had passed.
FA BOSS Brian Barwick last night spoke out against Liverpool's co-owners washing their dirty linen in public, writes TOM LATCHEM.
I'm growing bored of the double standards and hypocrisy of the constant calls for dirty linen not to be washed in public, only to open my paper on a seemingly daily basis to have it all bought back into the news by the antics of these socalled fans.
In 2001, William Easterly, one of the World Bank's top economists, exposed some of the institution's dirty linen in his book, The Elusive Quest for Growth.
It stated: "We do not air our dirty linen in public, we deal with problem issues quietly and without fuss.
The baby's body was missing for two to three days when it was accidentally taken away with the dirty linen from the Royal Women's Hospital in Victoria.
The risk is that they will create a situation where the pigmeat industry washes its dirty linen in public.
Fahed Fanek also uses the phrase, "Washing our dirty linen in public," See al-Rai, 19 May 2003.
But what if it is not a conspiracy to hide their dirty linen but the result of an astonishing naivety in the church hierarchy?
Unfortunately, that failure to air the dirty linen continues during the first 100 days.
A nursing home produces a lot of dirty linen at all hours of the day and night, not just during business hours," he says.
In laundry alone, for instance, you need to check on whether there are enough clean linens, whether they are transported in covered carts, whether they are segregated from dirty linens, whether dirty linen is bagged, whether staff washes hands after handling dirty linen, and the temperature of the wash cycle.