Do we 'let on something'?

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Mehrgan

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Hi,

Can anything follow 'let on', when it means to reveal something secret?

'She let on Janey's ex boyfriends.' (To Janey's boyfriend.)
 

BobK

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:up: - in fact it must (unless the nature of the secret is clear from the context. To tell a secret is 'to let on'. So she could ' let on to Janey's ex boyfriends that she had....

An example of the 'objectless' sort: 'I'm arranging a surprise party for Janey, but don't let on.'

(This - and any - use of 'let on' is informal.)

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