Definition of Dirty laundry

1. Noun. Personal matters that could be embarrassing if made public.

Exact synonyms: Dirty Linen
Generic synonyms: Affairs, Personal Business, Personal Matters

Definition of Dirty laundry

1. Noun. (idiomatic) Unflattering facts or questionable activities that one wants to remain secret, but which some other may use to blackmail with. ¹

2. Noun. Laundry that is unclean or soiled ¹

3. Noun. (slang) A clothes hamper or other container used to place unclean or soiled laundry in. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dirty Laundry

dirty blond
dirty blonds
dirty bomb
dirty bombs
dirty code
dirty cop
dirty dog
dirty girl
dirty girls
dirty grease
dirty joke
dirty jokes
dirty laundry (current term)
dirty linen
dirty look
dirty looks
dirty money
dirty mouth
dirty old man
dirty old men
dirty pool
dirty rice
dirty story
dirty trick
dirty tricks

Literary usage of Dirty laundry

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Celebrate Life!: A Guide for Planning All Night Alcohol edited by Sharon Murphy (1994)
"Object: To make baskets with "dirty laundry." Students stand about 10 feet from board and toss "dirty laundry" (clean boxer shorts, socks, T-shirts, ..."

2. The Medical and Surgical Reporter (1890)
"I might add that in this small yard, 20 x 40 feet, was kept a cow, two hogs and poultry; and that every day very dirty laundry water was emptied on the ..."

3. Developing a Law Enforcement Stress Program for Officers and Their Families by Peter Finn, Julie E. Tomz (1998)
"In fact, officers may be the largest source of resistance to family peer support groups because they fear their "dirty laundry" will be aired in public. ..."

4. Russian Money Laundering: Congressional Hearing edited by James A. Leach (2001)
"... in the Pacific to island nations in the Carribean and a dozen countries from Bahrain to the Bahamas were eager to take in Russia's dirty laundry. ..."

5. Elder Abuse: A Decade of Shame and Inaction by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"She observed spoiled food in the refrigerator, dirty dishes all over the kitchen and dirty laundry in the bathroom, leading her to believe the care- giver ..."

6. Surviving Twilight: A Soldier's Chronicle of Daily Life in Iraq by Shane A. Bernskoetter (2005)
"Sometimes my laundry bag is out to the cleaners and I don't have any place to put dirty laundry. Well, being so tall makes it very convenient for me to just ..."

7. Empowering Families, Helping Adolescents: Family-Centered Treatment of edited by Wendy Snyder (1998)
"... a very close family friend, or their minister for help because of the widespread cultural prohibition against "airing dirty laundry in public. ..."

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