let the cat out of the bag

verb
divulge confidential information or secrets
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Be careful—his secretary talks

Syn:
spill the beans, ↑talk, ↑tattle, ↑blab, ↑peach, ↑babble, ↑sing, ↑babble out, ↑blab out
Ant: ↑keep quiet (for: ↑talk)
Derivationally related forms: ↑singing (for: ↑sing), ↑blabber (for: ↑blab), ↑tattle (for: ↑tattle), ↑tattler (for: ↑tattle), ↑talkative (for: ↑talk), ↑talk (for: ↑talk)
Hypernyms:
unwrap, ↑disclose, ↑let on, ↑bring out, ↑reveal, ↑discover, ↑expose, ↑divulge, ↑break, ↑give away, ↑let out
Verb Group: ↑spill, ↑talk
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑blab out)
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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑babble out)

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phrasal
: to reveal hitherto undisclosed information

his vacation plans were a secret but he let the cat out of the bag by purchasing deep-sea fishing tackle

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let the cat out of the bag
See under ↑cat1
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Main Entry:bag
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let the cat out of the bag
To disclose a secret
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Main Entry:cat

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let the cat out of the bag phrase
to tell someone something that was intended to be secret

He has let the cat out of the bag about the government’s true intentions.

Thesaurus: to tell or reveal a secret or secretssynonym
Main entry: cat

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informal reveal a secret carelessly or by mistake

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let the cat out of the bag — see cat
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Main Entry:bag
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let the cat out of the bag
: to reveal a secret

We wanted the party to be a surprise, but he let the cat out of the bag.

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Main Entry:cat
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let the cat out of the bag — see cat
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Main Entry:let

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let the ˈcat out of the bag idiom
to tell a secret carelessly or by mistake

I wanted it to be a surprise, but my sister let the cat out of the bag.

Main entry:catidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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

  • let the cat out of the bag — If you reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • let the cat out of the bag — ► let the cat out of the bag informal reveal a secret by mistake. Main Entry: ↑cat …   English terms dictionary

  • let the cat out of the bag —    If you accidentally reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you let the cat out of the bag, you reveal a secret, often unintentionally.     When the child told her grandmother about the plans …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • let the cat out of the bag — reveal a secret Don t let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party for the boss. (from Idioms in Speech) to disclose a secret From the warmth of her embrace he probably divined that he had let the cat out of the bag, for he rode off at… …   Idioms and examples

  • 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, the cat is… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • let the cat out of the bag — tell people, the cat s out of the bag    People know we plan to elope. Who let the cat out of the bag? …   English idioms

  • let the cat out of the bag — Meaning To disclose a secret. Origin A favourite country trick used to be to substitute a cat for a pig at markets. If you let the cat out of the bag you disclosed the trick and avoided buying a pig in a poke (bag) …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • let the cat out of the bag — to tell people secret information, often without intending to. I was trying to keep the party a secret, but Jim went and let the cat out of the bag …   New idioms dictionary

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