I'm looking for phrase similar to that but it meant that you were hiding something bad unlike the skeleton one.

I totally forgot what phrase I linked to it :/

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    Skeletons are bad. – Jim May 14 '17 at 3:29
  • "unsharable secrets," "cover-up" – Xanne May 14 '17 at 3:37
  • Like Jim alluded to, having skeletons in your closet actually means hiding something bad. No buts about it. – iMerchant May 14 '17 at 19:47

Dirty linen (or dirty laundry) works similarly.


dirty linen

One's personal, intimate, or private matters or secrets, especially that which may be embarrassing if made public.
From the expression "don't wash/air your dirty linen in public." 
Those who consider running for public office must be aware that their dirty linen is likely to be exposed to the public. 
David is such a gossip, always talking about other people's dirty linen.

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