Idiom of the Week – Week 16

Each week of 2017 we present an English idiom.

“to let the cat out of the bag”: to give away a secret, usually by accident (die Katze aus dem Sack lassen)

Example 1:  The mid-year bonus for all employees is supposed to be a secret, so don’t let the cat out of the bag, okay?

Example 2:  The cat was (let) out of the bag when Jim’s colleague read his email while Jim was out sick. Now everyone knows we’re running into serious financial problems.

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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