out of the closet


out of the closet

out into the open – informal

Closet, the normal North American term for cupboard or wardrobe is used in the Bible to typify privacy and seclusion (for example in Luke 12 : 3 : that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops'). Come out of the closet means cease hiding a secret about yourself or make public your intentions. It is now most commonly, though not always, used in connection with someone making their homosexuality public.

1998 - Spectator - The Prime Minister's entourage could not conceal its glee at the results of their boss coming out of the closet.

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