Idiom – Let the cat out of the bag

  • Idiom – Let the cat out of the bag
  • Meaning – To reveal a secret. This expression is usually used when you reveal a secret by accident. You can also use this idiom to refer to some private information being revealed accidentally.
Cat Idioms:
  • Cat got your tongue?
  • Copycat
  • Curiosity killed the cat – Too much curiosity can be dangerous.
  • Fat cat – A negative term for a wealthy businessperson.
  • Like the cat that’s got the cream – Extremely pleased.
  • Look what the cat dragged in! – This expression is said to somebody who arrives looking like a complete mess.
  • No room to swing a cat – Used to refer to a very small room or area.
  • Raining cats and dogs
  • When the cat’s away, the mice will play
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • You accidentally reveal that someone is pregnant.
  • Somebody accidentally revealed a secret.
  • When you want to remind someone that they should not share a secret.
  • Your friend wants to tell you some interesting gossip.
Example:
  • “I was tickled pink when they bought me a wonderful graduation present!”
In The News:

Larry Fitzgerald ‘hasn’t let the cat out of the bag to anybody’ about future plans

Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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