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Let the cat out of the bag   /lɛt ðə kæt aʊt əv ðə bæg/   Listen
Let the cat out of the bag

verb
1.
Divulge confidential information or secrets.  Synonyms: babble, babble out, blab, blab out, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle.






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"Let the cat out of the bag" Quotes from Famous Books



... little know what mischief you might have wrought," he admonished himself, as he walked home through the level sunshine. "In another instant, if we'd not been interrupted, you would have let the cat out of the bag. The premature escape of the cat from the bag would ...
— The Cardinal's Snuff-Box • Henry Harland

... Macarthey. I am happy to be able to inform you, with truth, that this gentleman did as much credit to his country as Malone had done it discredit; he proved himself as decent, decorous, and conscientious, as Peter was rampant, boisterous, and—(this last epithet I choose to suppress, because it would let the cat out of the bag). He laboured faithfully in the parish; the schools, both Sunday and day-schools, flourished under his sway like green bay-trees. Being human, of course he had his faults; these, however, were proper, steady-going, clerical faults: the circumstance of finding himself ...
— Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle • Clement K. Shorter

... pledge, needless to say, of inviolable secrecy. Nor would you have been well advised to have bet that Agatha would not—in confidence—mention the matter to Genevieve, because you would have lost your money if you had. Then, it was only to be expected that Genevieve should let the cat out of the bag that afternoon at the meeting of Lady Blabit's Committee for the Development of Discretion in Damsels, observing that in such company a secret was bound to be absolutely safe. However, that was ...
— Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 • Charles Edward Callwell

... not," he said smiling. "Why should I now? Am I not the accepted son-in-law of the house, you silly timid little thing? What a happy thought it was of yours to let the cat out of the bag. Come, let me give you another kiss for it—Oh, I really must. You deserve it, and whatever it costs me you shall be rewarded. There! Now, then! Where's the old man? I have to receive his blessing, I know, and I want to ...
— Children of the Ghetto • I. Zangwill

... keep him away from Strathorn House now," he laughed. "As a matter of fact he has asked my permission to—there!" Sir Charles stopped, then laughed again with a little embarrassment. "I've nearly let the cat out of the bag." ...
— Half A Chance • Frederic S. Isham



Words linked to "Let the cat out of the bag" :   expose, spill, disclose, keep quiet, divulge, break, unwrap, let on, let out, give away, bring out, reveal, discover



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