Which idiomatic phrase can be used to express 'showing all the hidden stuff' (it's supposed that nobody should find that out, some scandal things)?


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Blow the lid off something.


"Spill the beans" or just "Spill it."


Let the cat out of the bag


Uncover the skeletons in the closet or, similarly, show where the bodies are buried.

  • Coming out of the closet.
    – OneProton
    Sep 28, 2010 at 19:08

From The Telegraph: "A married magistrate was discovered defrauding a charity she worked for after her lover of 10 years blew the whistle." More common is the noun form: whistleblower.

Do you want to describe an outsider discovering secrets or an insider revealing them? Most idioms that I can think of lean one way or the other.

  • 1
    +1 for raising that crucial distinction between discovering and revealing, which I too think applies to most idiomatic forms. Unearth, ferret/worm out, etc. as opposed to blab, squeal, sing, rat, snitch, split, etc., etc.. As you can probably guess, I also think there are more (mostly negative) ones for the latter! Oct 16, 2011 at 15:21

"Shine a light on" and "Lift the veil" can fit.


The criminal fraternity might say 'peach', 'rat', 'grass' or 'cough'.


If you're letting someone in on the secret goings-on, you can be said to "open the kimono."


how about unhide all

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