Definitions for open secret
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
something supposedly secret but actually known quite generally.
Origin of open secret:
something that is supposed to be secret but is generally known
"their love affair was an open secret"
A fact that is widely known, but not acknowledged openly.
Information that is not widely known, despite being freely available.
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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