Definitions for open secret

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o′pen se′cret(n.)

  1. something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally.

Origin of open secret:

1875–80

Princeton's WordNet

  1. open secret(noun)

    something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known

    "their love affair was an open secret"

Wiktionary

  1. open secret(Noun)

    A fact that is widely known, but not acknowledged openly.

  2. open secret(Noun)

    Information that is not widely known, despite being freely available.

Freebase

  1. Open secret

    An open secret is a concept or idea that is "officially" secret or restricted in knowledge, but is actually widely known; or refers to something which is widely known to be true, but which none of the people most intimately concerned are willing to categorically acknowledge in public.

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