out of the closet
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out of the closet
1. No longer a secret. Even though the designs for their newest smartphone are out of the closet, Sony are still refusing to comment publicly about it.
2. Of a non-heterosexual person, public and open about one's sexuality. I came out of the closet when I was in high school, and while it was certainly hard to do, it's been wonderful having the support of my friends and family for my entire adult life. You have to understand that being out of the closet back then meant you were risking your career, your freedom—maybe even your life, in certain parts of the country.
*out of the closet
1. Fig. revealing one's secret interests. (*Typically: be ~; Come ~; get ~.) Tom Brown came out of the closet and admitted that he likes to knit. It's time that all of you lovers of chamber music came out of the closet and attended our concerts.
2. Fig. revealing that one is homosexual. (*Typically: be ~; Come ~; bring someone ~.) Tom surprised his parents when he came out of the closet. It was difficult for him to be out of the closet.
out of the closetout into the open. informal
Closet , the normal North American term for ‘cupboard’ or ‘wardrobe’, is used in the Bible to typify privacy and seclusion (for example in Luke 12:3: ‘that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops’). Come out of the closet means ‘cease hiding a secret about yourself’ or ‘make public your intentions’. It is now most commonly, though not always, used in connection with someone making their homosexuality public.
1998 Spectator The Prime Minister's entourage could not conceal its glee at the results of their boss coming out of the closet.