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    worst-kept secrets

    On being asked if the CNN-IBN report did surprise him at all, or whether it was one of the worst-kept secrets of the phenomena called low cost flying, Hiren Shah said, “It is definitely surprising news though we have seen this happening a couple of times before. In Maharashtra we have taken steps to ensure that low cost airlines take care of the safety of the passengers is the foremost concern and use the technology to the best possible extent.”

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    Re: worst-kept secrets

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    It was not a secret for long; everyone heard about it very soon.
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    Re: worst-kept secrets

    As MrM says, it was not a secret for long. If someone knows something and doesn't talk about it, he's 'keeping the secret'. If something is not generally known because someone is keeping it secret, it is 'a well-kept secret'. The opposite is 'a badly-kept secret'. The most badly kept of all secrets is 'the worst-kept secret'.

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