wash dirty linen in public

wash dirty linen in public

Meaning

  • discuss publicly matters that one should keep private
  • to discuss in public one's private scandals, disagreements, or difficulties
  • to unveil private problems with public

Examples Sentences

  1. She decided not to take the family dispute to court as she feared it would only lead to a lot of washing of dirty linen in public.
  2. Listen, our relationship may have real problems, but it's unfortunate that you have chosen to wash our dirty linen in public.
  3. My parents taught me not to wash my dirty laundry in public that the reason I only discusses private issues with family.
  4. I never understand why you wash all your dirty linen in public in your group discussions.

Origin

before 900; Middle English lin ( n ) en (noun, adj.), Old English linnen, līnen (adj.) made of flax, equivalent to līn flax (< Latin līnum; see line2 ) + -en -en2.

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Please there is need for more elaborate examples on the idiom do not wash your dirty linen in public.

- Blue Rose October 15, 2018

Why wash dirty linen in public domain? People of India looking towards Supreme Court with lot of expectations, for Supreme Court to solve their problems.

- AskOpinion January 19, 2018

I want some more examples of to wash ones dirty linen public, please.

- Tajwer February 2, 2015

More explanations about washing one’s dirty linen in public.

- Iwalewa December 7, 2014

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