Spill the Beans

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To reveal a secret to someone who is not reliable or trustworthy

Etymology:

  • This phrase dates back to ancient Greek and culture. You were elected for the club by the people who used to give votes by inserting beans into a jar, white beans for yes and black beans for No.These votes were counted in secret, but if the jar got smashed, the beans in the jar were spilled revealing all votes. Another theory for the origin involves slang American, spill means talk and beans means information.
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Eventual, George split the beans of his secret engagement.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Spill the Beans':

spill the beansTo reveal a secret; to disclose.
spill the beansRelate all the facts of a controversial incident previously held in strict secrecy.
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