Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Secret de Polichinelle (Le).

 Sec’ondary Colours.Secular Clergy (The). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Secret de Polichinelle (Le).
No secret at all. A secret known to all the world; old news. We have also “Hawker’s News,” “Piper’s News.” The secrets of Polichinelle are “stage whispers” told to all the audience.   1
“Entre nous, c’est qu’on appelle
Le secret de polichinelle.”
La Mascotte, ii. 12.

 Sec’ondary Colours.Secular Clergy (The). 

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