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dish the dirt

slang To gossip about someone or something. Those popular girls are always dishing the dirt on someone in our class. I know, it's been way too long since we got together and dished the dirt.
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dish the dirt

Sl. to spread gossip; to gossip. Let's sit down, have a drink, and dish the dirt. David goes down to the tavern to dish the dirt.
See also: dirt, dish
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dish the dirt

Spread gossip or scandal, as in Sally was notorious for dishing the dirt. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: dirt, dish
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.

dish the dirt

If one person dishes the dirt on another, they tell people unpleasant or shocking things about them. Many politicians are not above dishing the dirt on a fellow politician. In his autobiography he dishes the dirt on his buddies. Note: People sometimes describe this activity as dirt-dishing. By speaking out as he did, he has pushed up the potential value of any dirt-dishing memoirs he cares to write.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

dish the dirt

reveal or spread scandalous information or gossip. informal
1997 New Scientist We love revisionist biographies that dish the dirt on our icons.
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ˌdish the ˈdirt (on somebody)

(informal) tell people unkind or unpleasant things about somebody, especially about their private life: When the newspaper offered her £10 000, she was only too happy to dish the dirt on her friends.
See also: dirt, dish
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dish the dirt

tv. to spread gossip; to gossip. Let’s sit down, have a drink, and dish the dirt.
See also: dirt, dish
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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