American Idioms and Expressions

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag Idiom

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Let the cat out of the bag
What does Let the cat out of the bag mean?
To divulge a secret.Don't let the cat out of the bag about Susan's Christmas present.
At medieval markets, unscrupulous traders would display a pig for sale. However, the pig was always given to the customer in a bag, with strict instructions not to open the bag until they were some way away. The trader would hand the customer a bag containing something that wriggled, and it was only later that the buyer would find he'd been conned when he opened the bag to reveal that it contained a cat, not a pig. Therefore, "letting the cat out of the bag" revealed the secret of the con trick.
let the cat out of the bag
What does let the cat out of the bag mean?
reveal a secret"Don`t let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party for our boss."
let the cat out of the bag
What does let the cat out of the bag mean?
to tell something that is supposed to be a secretThe teacher let the cat out of the bag when she began talking about the plans for the new school.
let the cat out of the bag
What does let the cat out of the bag mean?
to tell something that is supposed to be a secret The teacher let the cat out of the bag when she began talking about the plans to close the school.

let the cat out of the bag
What does let the cat out of the bag mean?
to reveal a secret "Don`t let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party for our boss."


Some Random Idioms
foot the bill
What does "foot the bill" mean?
to pay for something The company will foot the bill for my move to Paris.

blaze a trail (in something)
What does "blaze a trail (in something)" mean?
to create or develop a new area of studyThe soccer player blazed a trail for the other players to follow with his unique way of playing soccer.
spamhaus
What does "spamhaus" mean?
company or site that sends out spam email
not hold water
What does "not hold water" mean?
to be illogical, to make no senseThe excuses of the young man do not hold water.
cast one's vote
What does "cast one's vote" mean?
to vote We arrived early to cast our vote in the election.

a cut-and-dried (case/decision)
What does "a cut-and-dried (case/decision)" mean?
fixed, determined beforehandThe case was cut-and-dried and it ended in less than an hour.
Know which side one's bread is buttered on
What does "Know which side one's bread is buttered on" mean?
If you know which side one's bread is buttered on, you know where your interests lie and will act accordingly to protect or further them.

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