wash dirty linen in public
- 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
- 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.
- Listen, our relationship may have real problems, but it’s unfortunate that you have chosen to wash our dirty linen in public.
- My parents taught me not to wash my dirty laundry in public that the reason I only discusses private issues with family.
- I never understand why you wash all your dirty linen in public in your group discussions.
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.