something nasty in the woodshed

something nasty in the woodshed

Something illicit, immoral, illegal, or scandalous that is kept secret or hidden away from public sight. A line taken from Stella Gibbon's 1933 novel Cold Comfort Farm, in which a character discusses "something nasty in the woodshed" she witnessed as a child. Primarily heard in UK. With multiple reports of abuse coming to light, it certainly seems there is something nasty in the woodshed at the hospice care center. While the film initially presents him as a kindly old man, it begins hinting that there's something nasty in the woodshed lurking behind his benevolent demeanor.

something nasty in the woodshed

a shocking or distasteful thing kept secret. British informal
This expression is taken from Stella Gibbons 's comic novel Cold Comfort Farm ( 1933 ), in which Aunt Ada Doom's dominance over her family is maintained by constant references to her having seen something nasty in the woodshed in her youth. The details of the experience are never explained.
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These hunting fathers would have been very much at home in the pastoral landscapes conjured by Vaughan Williams' Fifth Symphony, music which veers between hints of something nasty in the woodshed and the utterly transforming visionariness of 'Pilgrim's Progress'.
She was told that not enjoying sex was indeed unnatural, and might be caused by having been sexually abused, or seeing something nasty in the woodshed as a child.
We also have excellent local talent such as Blackstone Edge, Duncan McFarlane & Ann Brivonese, Beaumont Brothers, Berkana, Bruce Baillie and Russ Hughes as well as national names such as Belshazzars Feast, His Worship and the Pig, MrsAckroyd, Something Nasty in the Woodshed,
They are dominated by an elderly aunt, Ada Doom (Sheila Burrell), who never leaves her room because, she keeps repeating, she once "saw something nasty in the woodshed.
Terrorizing all the other Starkadders into grimy submission is the matriarch Ada Doom (Sheila Burrell), who evidently has ruled the roost from her semi-secluded upstairs room ever since, as a young girl, she ``saw something nasty in the woodshed.
National names on the bill include His Worship and The Pig, Mrs Ackroyd, Something Nasty In The Woodshed, Belshazzars Feast, Scolds Bridle and Cockersdale.