wash (one's) dirty laundry in public

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wash (one's) dirty laundry in public

To discuss very private, personal matters, especially that which may be embarrassing, in public or with other people. It always makes me uncomfortable when John starts going into all his personal problems whenever our friends get together. I just wish he wouldn't wash his dirty laundry in public like that. People have an unnatural fixation on the personal lives of celebrities, but I don't see why they should be expected to wash their dirty laundry in public.
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WHILE I sympathise with Fifer Andy Mitchell, whose new bride Meaghan ran off with another man within days of their wedding, I think it's never a good idea to wash your dirty laundry in public.