Definition of wash one's dirty linen (or laundry) in public in US English:

wash one's dirty linen (or laundry) in public

phrase

informal
  • (of an individual or a member of an organization) discuss or argue about one's private affairs in public.

    • ‘In fact, they pride themselves on washing their dirty laundry in public.’
    • ‘By doing this the team are washing their dirty laundry in public.’
    • ‘Sadie hates the fact that she was washing her dirty laundry in public.’
    • ‘There is a terrible pressure within the community to close ranks, not to be seen in public, washing one's dirty linen in public.’
    • ‘I'm certainly clear that one of the reasons why women are prepared to go to the family courts but not to the criminal courts is the fear of washing their dirty laundry in public.’
    • ‘I'm not going to write about this here, because it wouldn't be fair and I don't believe in washing my dirty laundry in public.’
    • ‘I take your point about their relative ease in front of the camera, but then these are people who like, and are used to, living their lives and washing their dirty linen in public.’
    • ‘How much longer can the board go on washing their dirty linen in public?’
    • ‘Why should we wash our dirty linen in public as if we don't have structures to address our differences?’
    • ‘There are people who do believe we should not wash our dirty linen in public, but we don't agree.’