(entered for 03.19.06)
Meaning: publicizing your troubles. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: parading in town in your dirty laundry
Rewrite 2: taking out an ad on your dirty knickers
Rewrite 3: dirty laundry exposed – tonight’s big story at 11
Rewrite 4: taking your ugly problems to the streets
Comment: This is about baring all your faults to public witness, so the language is about various forms of “broadcasting”, although not necessarily about the airwaves. It would be nice to get beyond the concept of “dirty laundry” as a metaphor for problems.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Anu(e)scape: Clichés: 2003 list of banished words from Lake Superior State University.
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