let the cat out of the bag

let the cat out of the bag


  • to let a secret out in the open
  • to allow something that is hidden to be revealed
  • to reveal something either by accident or as a surprise

Example Sentences

  1. The Mason’s let the cat out of the bag at the end minute. Until then nobody at the party knew about the performance by such a famous film star in a regular party.
  2. I have let the cat out of the bag, there is no point pretending that this job is working out for me.
  3. My boss did not let the cat out of the bag about the deal until all the relevant contracts were signed.
  4. She let the cat out of the bag and finally told her parents about her plans of getting married.
  5. Nobody in the market was supposed to know about Coca-Cola discount schemes, but the huge advertisement hoardings seems to have let the cat out of the bag.


The phrase originates from markets where animals were provided in bags and piglets would be substituted by cats, which when out would be a surprise for the audiences. The phrase has been around since the 15th century. The first literary origin comes from “The London Magazine” in the year 1760. In fact, in the time frame of 1750 to 1770 there are many references found for the use of this phrase.


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It is the counterpart to the phrase “A pig in a poke”.

- Cracklin’Rosy December 1, 2019

It really helped me. Thanks a lot

- Anonymous February 21, 2019

Some more examples please – of let the cat out of the bag. ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜พ๐Ÿ˜พ

- Nidhi May 22, 2018

No one would have known the meaning of this idom but this website had let the cat out of the bag.

- Commentor February 17, 2018

What if I say let make a hole in the bag as it is safe I mean cat may bite if it plans so ๐Ÿ˜ธ

- Zinga Lala November 8, 2017

If there is a let the cat out of the bag then there should be donโ€™t let the cat out of the bag

- Lems October 24, 2017

It is nice and charm.

- Speak of the Devil June 23, 2017

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