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.
The numerical value of open secret in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of open secret in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this counrty is closely related with this.
I could've done a million things to reduce the trail, the practice was tried and tested, it was so endemic within the bank (UBS), I just thought ... this can't be a big issue because everybody knows about it ... (it was) such an open secret.
I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point, i think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.
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