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English definition of “have a skeleton in the cupboard”

have a skeleton in the cupboard

UK (US have a skeleton in the closet)
to have an embarrassing or unpleasant secret about something that happened in the past: Most people have a few skeletons in the cupboard.Secrecy and privacy
(Definition of have a skeleton in the cupboard from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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