open secret
noun Date: 1828 a supposedly secret but generally known matter

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • open secret — open secrets N COUNT If you refer to something as an open secret, you mean that it is supposed to be a secret, but many people know about it. It s an open secret that the security service bugged telephones …   English dictionary

  • open secret — An open secret is something that is supposed to be secret but is common knowledge …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • open secret — noun count something that should be secret but is not because a lot of people know about it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • open secret — ► NOUN ▪ a supposed secret that is in fact known to many people …   English terms dictionary

  • open secret — n. something supposed to be secret but known to almost everyone …   English World dictionary

  • Open secret — An open secret is a concept or idea that is officially secret or restricted in knowledge, but is actually widely known; or refers to something which is widely known to be true, but which none of the people most intimately concerned are willing to …   Wikipedia

  • open secret — {n.} Something that is supposed to be a secret but that everyone knows. * /It is an open secret that Mary and John are engaged./ * /Who will be appointed as the next president of the college is an open secret./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • open secret — {n.} Something that is supposed to be a secret but that everyone knows. * /It is an open secret that Mary and John are engaged./ * /Who will be appointed as the next president of the college is an open secret./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • open secret — noun something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known their love affair was an open secret • Hypernyms: ↑secret * * * noun, pl ⋯ crets [count] : something that many people know about but that is supposed to be a secret It s an open… …   Useful english dictionary

  • open secret — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms open secret : singular open secret plural open secrets something that should be secret but is not because a lot of people know about it …   English dictionary

  • open\ secret — noun Something that is supposed to be a secret but that everyone knows. It is an open secret that Mary and John are engaged. Who will be appointed as the next president of the college is an open secret …   Словарь американских идиом

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