Another idiom for "slip is showing"
What's another idiomatic expression for "slip is showing", meaning the hidden agenda is coming out? Walter Ching 09:18, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
Maybe Walter has a slightly narrow notion of 'your slip is showing'.
The origin of the expression means 'the edge of your underskirt is showing, tidy it up', so it was a discrete way of saying 'you've just put your foot in it' -- maybe revealing a hidden agenda, but also e.g. tactless or very inappropriate. Maybe 'a bit of a foot-in-mouth, there, my dear'?
Chris Towner 11:22, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
- Oh, I thought this was literally, 'Your slip is showing', to which I was going to offer a comment I actually had said to me, 'The back of your skirt is tucked into the back of your underwear.' Anchoress 11:26, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
- I too had only ever heard it in the literal sense of "the edge of your underskirt is showing". No one's ever said it directly to me, though! :-) —Angr 11:38, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
- Spill the beans? ---Sluzzelin 14:43, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
- Not quite. "Spill the beans" is for after-the-fact usage only. "Your slip is showing" can be a (semi-)friendly warning that you're about to put your foot in it, when there still is time (to shut up, or whatever). --NorwegianBlue talk 18:49, 21 February 2007 (UTC)
- Well,if you washed your slip it would "all come out in the wash"hotclaws**== 09:24, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
- There's actually a euphemism for the literal meaning of "your slip is showing". It's "it's snowing".
- So if a girl asks you on a hot July (or January, if you're in the southern hemisphere) day "Is it snowing?" don't look out the window. --Charlene 10:00, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
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