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closet, the:

1. The place where some homosexual men and women hide , figuratively speaking, their sexual-orientation .
See also: come-out-of-the-closet ; stay-in-the-closet ; wear-a-mourning-veil .

2. To conceal one's homosexuality to oneself and/or to others. Synonym: in-the-closet . Come out of the closet means to acknowledge one's homosexuality , to come to terms with one's sexual-orientation and to live true to one's sexuality.

3. To refuse to associate with known homosexuals for fear of being discovered.


(1) Franky/Francesca (Ione Skye) to her gay cousin who lied to his father about having a girlfriend in Dream for an Insomniac (1999): ' Is it a little stuffy in that closet there, Roberto? '

(2) Graffiti or slogan: ' The closet is an awful place to die .'

See Also: angel with a dirty face, Bluebeard, breeder, bring out (of the closet), canned fruit, cedarchest sissy, closet case, closet dyke, closet gay, closet queen, closet queer, closet, the, closeted, come out, confused, covert homosexual, debut, dry queen, dunny, eyeball the back of the closet door, go public, hidden queen, in the closet, in the life, iron closet, Johnny Queen, jump out of the closet, jump out with both feet, let one's hair down, out, outed, privy queen, queerie, Stonewall Uprising, The, stool pigeon, T-room queen, tea room queen, tearoom queen, tenderfoot, throne queen, toilet queen, Toilet Tessie, W.C., washroom faggot, wear a mourning veil

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