from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal Personal affairs that could cause embarrassment or distress if made public: Let's not air our dirty laundry in front of our guests. Also called dirty linen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Unflattering facts or questionable activities that one wants to remain secret, but which some other may use to blackmail with.
- n. Laundry that is unclean or soiled
- n. A clothes hamper or other container used to place unclean or soiled laundry in.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. personal matters that could be embarrassing if made public
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“Anyway, if you ask me, airing all your dirty laundry ain’t exactly a way back into a lady’s good graces, or the sack.”
After a few more minutes looking in the food lockers and prodding the growing mass of dirty laundry netted in the corner, he turned to Randy.
And while people sometimes equate blogging with writing in a diary, the blogging platform implies that you are willing to put yourself out there and make your dirty laundry public.