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x marks the spot

Meaning: signifying the discovery or pinpointing of a significant point or location.

Example: In archaeology, meticulous excavation is vital; you must remember, "X marks the spot" when searching for ancient artifacts. Read more ➺

let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: to reveal a secret by mistake.

Example: I wanted to keep my job offer a secret, but my little brother overheard and let the cat out of the bag. Read more ➺

fly on the wall

Meaning: to see or listen to something without being noticed.

Example: Even though Janice was not invited to the wedding, she decided to be a fly on the wall. Read more ➺

cloak and dagger

Meaning: an activity or process that involves spying, secrecy, or mystery.

Example: He didn't want anyone to know what he was doing, so he kept his plans cloaked and daggered from the public. Read more ➺

in the dark

Meaning: uninformed, a state of ignorance.

Example: 1. The family had been kept in the dark regarding their kin one's medical diagnosis. Read more ➺

conspiracy of silence

Meaning: general agreement to keep silent about a subject for the sake of secrecy.

Example: Healthcare professionals create a conspiracy of silence due to the fear of legal proceedings, corrective action, or punishment.  Read more ➺

have designs on

Meaning: to have a plan or secret desire to get something.

Example: to have a plan or secret desire to get something. Read more ➺

keep one’s own counsel

Meaning: say little or nothing about one's opinions or intentions.

Example: I doubted what he said, but I kept my own counsel. Read more ➺

make a clean breast

Meaning: to tell the truth about something.

Example: Sharon made a clean breast of it and threw Ashley under the bus. Read more ➺

cover one’s tracks

Meaning: to keep one's location, activities, and intentions hidden.

Example: The burglars were very meticulous in covering their tracks, making it difficult for law enforcement to catch them. Read more ➺