let the cat out of the bag

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v let the cat out of the bag divulge confidential information or secrets "Be careful--his secretary talks"
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Idioms

Let the cat out of the bag - If you accidentally reveal a secret, you let the cat out of the bag.
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Usage

In literature:

I've let the cat out of the bag again.
"A Woman at Bay" by Nicholas Carter
For I'm going to let the cat out of the bag.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
She let the cat out of the bag, on the way home this afternoon.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
She is the King's tool, but she let the cat out of the bag when cornered.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
But ye let the cat slip out of the bag all right.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Well, mother, you've let the cat out of the bag.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
They might let the cat out of the bag without intending to.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
She had at last let the cat out of the bag.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
I also think that Margaret and I between us pretty well let the cat out of the bag.
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
In poetry, indeed, you can go but a short way till the cat is let out of the bag.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846" by Various
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In news:

Is so proud of its success and its new equipment, including a Deacro slitter and a Bobst Champlian press, it wants to let THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG.
But the $500,000 payday she's seeking from celebrity mags to officially let the cat out of the bag is a bit much to expect.
There is a secret that has been kept in Fall River for some time now and I feel it's my duty to let the cat out of the bag.
Bob Rankin let the ideological cat out of the bag with his stand on a proposed analysis of Federal land decisions.
She purportedly called her family back home in Canada last Christmas to share the good news, but insisted that none of them let the cat out of the bag.
Our word maven Patricia T O'Conner talks about cat language—phrases like "letting the cat out of the bag," "cat's pajamas," "catspaw," "kitty corner," "cat got your tongue," and many others.
So it has been a couple of weeks since we let the cat out of the bag and first of all, I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
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In science:

Letting the Cat out of the Bag: Generation for Shake-and-Bake MT.
An Efficient Generation Algorithm for Lexicalist MT
Then on page 65 (Riemann integral) the author lets the cat out of the bag, “I dare say we can all remember our first encounter with [the Cantor set].” So, to read the book you need to have many results of real analysis at your fingertips.
Review of "Garden of integrals"
Brew, C. 1992. “Letting the Cat out of the Bag: Generation for Shake-and-Bake MT”.
Head Automata and Bilingual Tiling: Translation with Minimal Representations
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