What does let the cat out of the bag mean?


Idiom Meaning:

reveal a secret


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


In the Loop (2009)

Time of Scene: ~01:26:00

Malcolm Tucker: Hi. BBC News Desk, please. Malcolm Tucker. Hi Ben. Listen, I hear that you might be preparing a story that we might not like. Yeah, please. I just wanted to say, please, this garden-wall story, don’t run with that. Simon Foster’s constituency office wall. That’s what you’ve got, haven’t you? Oh shit. I haven’t let the cat out of the bag, have I? Please, don’t run with that. My reputation will be in tatters.


Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation (1939)

Time of Scene: ~00:07:00

Archibald Featherstone: I’m frightfully sorry. Say, I did let the cat out of the bag, didn’t I?

Mr. Moto: Yes, even the poor animal’s tail.


Sherlock “The Empty Hearse” (2014)

Time of Scene: ~00:24:50

Dr. John Watson: One word, Sherlock, that is all I would have needed! One word to let me know that you were alive!

Sherlock Holmes: I’ve nearly been in contact so many times, but I worried that. You know, you might say something indiscreet.

Dr. John Watson: What?

Sherlock Holmes: Oh, you know. Let the cat out of the bag.

Dr. John Watson: Oh, so this is my fault?

Mary Morstan: Oh god.

Dr. John Watson: Why am I the only one who thinks that this is wrong? The only one reacting like a human being.

Sherlock Holmes: Overreacting.

Dr. John Watson: Overreacting!



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