Idioms: a skeleton in your closet

Tomorrow is Halloween. A holiday with witches, ghosts, goblins and candy!

Today’s idiom is:

A SKELETON IN YOUR CLOSET

He lost the election after they found a skeleton in his closet.

Nobody died in his closet!

This idiom means: some has a scandal or secret they are keeping hidden

There is a story about a man who killed his rival and hid his body in his closet. His secret was out when they found the skeleton in the closet.  It is possible this is the origin of this idiom when it began to be used in 19th century literature.

Some extra Halloween TREATS!

 1. MAKE THE BLOOD RUN COLD

The scream made my blood run cold.

This idiom means:  to be very frightened

2.  SCARED STIFF

Before his piano recital he was scared stiff.

This idiom means:  so scared or frightened you cannot move

3. STAB IN THE BACK

Rachel knew I wanted the job, so when she applied it was a stab in the back.

This idiom means:  to betray someone

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