let the cat out of the bag
phrasal to give away a secret

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  • let the cat out of the bag — {v. phr.}, {informal} To tell about something that is supposed to be a secret. * /We wanted to surprise Mary with a birthday gift, but Allen let the cat out of the bag by asking her what she would like./ Sometimes used in another form. * /Well,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • let the cat out of the bag — {v. phr.}, {informal} To tell about something that is supposed to be a secret. * /We wanted to surprise Mary with a birthday gift, but Allen let the cat out of the bag by asking her what she would like./ Sometimes used in another form. * /Well,… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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