Idiom of the Week: Skeletons in Your Closet

Meaning: To have secrets about something in your past.


Before they got married he wanted to know if she had any skeletons in her closet.

The candidate was worried they’d find out about the skeletons in his closet.

I’ve never done anything I’m ashamed of, so I don’t have any skeletons in my closet.

Pop Quiz:

If you have a lot of skeletons in your closet, you…

A.  don’t have any secrets.

B.  have committed mistakes in the past that you don’t want others to know about.

C.  should clean out your closet.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. If you have skeletons in your closet, that means you want to keep something shameful from your past secret, which is closest to letter B.

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