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Thursday, 10 January 2008

Phrase of the Day 176: 'Skeletons in the closet'

"to have skeletons in the closet"


definition: to have something to hide about ones past.

example: Kennedy has more than a few skeletons in the closet.

origin: Comes from the fairy tale of Blue Beard and his closet. He gave all the keys of the house to his wife when he left on business, forbidding her access to only one room, a closet at the end of a long corridor. She opened it, of course, and there she found the dead bodies of his previous wives.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

is there any difference between "skeletons in the closet" and "skeleton in the wardrobe"?