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    Lightbulb what does it mean?

    to let the cat out of the bag......

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Letting the cat out of the bag is a colloquialism meaning to reveal facts previously hidden. The facts were usually hidden from a specific target audience or theatrical audience.
    If I have made any mistakes, please tell me about them. I need to improve my English anyway and I hope you'll help me.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo View Post
    Letting the cat out of the bag is a colloquialism meaning to reveal facts previously hidden. The facts were usually hidden from a specific target audience or theatrical audience.
    Please credit the source of this definition.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Look here: Let the cat out of the bag - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com

    If you need to find the definition of an idiom again, click on the word "Reference" at the top of the screen, then choose "Idioms" and then look through the A-Z of idioms, to find the one you need.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Look here: Let the cat out of the bag - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com

    If you need to find the definition of an idiom again, click on the word "Reference" at the top of the screen, then choose "Idioms" and then look through the A-Z of idioms, to find the one you need.
    That definition uses the word "accidentally". This could also apply to revealing a secret on purpose.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    let the cat out of the bag - Wiktionary

    It's the sister idiom to "never buy a pig in a poke." (A "poke" is a bag.) If you intend to buy a pig, but the dishonest merchant has instead put a cat in the bag, his deception is revealed when the cat is let out of the bag.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    let the cat out of the bag - Wiktionary

    It's the sister idiom to "never buy a pig in a poke." (A "poke" is a bag.) If you intend to buy a pig, but the dishonest merchant has instead put a cat in the bag, his deception is revealed when the cat is let out of the bag.
    I think that sounds reasonable, but Snopes doesn't agree (and they are not always correct).

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Thanks friends

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    Akseer, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button, please.

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    Re: what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That definition uses the word "accidentally". This could also apply to revealing a secret on purpose.
    It no longer uses the word.

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