Wednesday, January 7, 2015


IDIOMS:  Let the Cat out of the Bag

Example:  Carol's little brother the cat out of the bag about her surprise party. 

Meaning: to give away a secret.

Origin: Centuries ago in England you might have bought a costly pig at a farmer's market. But if the merchant was dishonest and put a worthless cat into the bag instead of a piglet, you might not find out until you got home and let the cat out of the bag.

Source: Scholastic dictionary of idioms: over 600 sayings, phrases and expressions / Marvin Terban. 1996.

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