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air one's dirty linen in public to make public embarrassing or shameful private facts about oneself or others.
dirty linen private matters that one would be embarrassed or ashamed to have made public.
dirty tricks (informal) unethical or illegal acts, esp. against a political opponent, designed to disrupt or undermine the opponent's activities, as during a campaign. [2 definitions]
dirty word a word considered obscene, rude, or offensive in a particular language, culture, or situation; obscenity.
wash one's dirty linen in public to make public embarrassing or shameful private facts about oneself or others.