a skeleton in the cupboard | closet
Meaning: If you have a skeleton in the cupboard, or in the closet, you have a secret in your past which could damage you if it became known.
- Before we give you the job, we need to know if you have any skeletons in the cupboard which the press could find out about. Things like a criminal record or drug or alcohol problems in the past.
- Politicians can't afford to have any skeletons in the closet these days. Their enemies are sure to find them.
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