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Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

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Definition of the verb let the cat out of the bag

What does let the cat out of the bag mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. divulge confidential information or secrets

Other definitions of let the cat out of the bag

What does let the cat out of the bag also mean?

phrase

  1. [idiomatic] To disclose a secret; to let a secret be known, often inadvertently.

Film

"Let The Cat Out Of The Bag" a.k.a. "Katze im Sack" is a German drama film directed by Florian Schwarz and written by Michael Proehl. The film's tagline translates to English as A romantic film for those who don't like romantic films. Set primarily in Leipzig, two apparently lost souls find one another but struggle to find romance against circumstances and their own divisive personalities.

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Let the cat out of the bag: To disclose a secret.

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Google previewThe New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (2004)

What Your Child Needs to Know by Eric Donald Hirsch, William G. Rowland, Michael Stanford

" let the cat out of the bag When you "let the cat out of the bag," you reveal a secret. "We planned a surprise party for Jose, but someone let the cat out of the bag." In early America or EUROPE, a dishonest person ...

Google previewDictionary of Idiomatic English Phrases (1891)

by James Main Dixon

To let the cat out of the bag — to disclose a secret. F. Letting the cat of selfishness out of the bag of secrecy.— Thackeray. Sunning, to be sure, very nearly let the cat out of the bag one afternoon. — W. E. Norris. The cat is out of the bag ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

passez moi la casse, et je t'envarrai la senne ; to let the cat out of the bag, to reveal a secret, to put one's foot in it (this and the kindred phrase, To buy a pig in a poke, are ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2001)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

To let the cat out of the bag. To disclose a secret. It was formerly a trick among country folk to substitute a cat for a sucking-pig, and bring it in a bag to market. If any greenhorn chose to buy a " pig in a poko " without examination, all very well ...

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

let the cat out of the bag Give away a secret, as in Mom let the cat out of the bag and told us Karen was engaged. This expression alludes to the dishonest practice of a merchant substituting a worthless cat for a valuable pig, which ...

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