spill the beans meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to spill the beans" idiom?
asked Jan 15, 2015 in Business by hello_nfriends

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Idiom Scenario 1:


Jane and Elizabeth are having a nice visit.  They are talking and gossiping about their friends ...
Jane:           "Guess who I saw the other day?"
Elizabeth:  "Do tell!"
Jane:           "I saw George."
Elizabeth:  "And?"
Jane:          "Well..."
Elizabeth:  "Oh, come on Jane.  "Spill the beans!  I can keep a secret."
Jane continues, telling Elizabeth that she saw their mutual friend, George, passionately kissing a woman who is not his wife.
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answered Jan 15, 2015 by annieanho
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Idiom Definition:


"to spill the beans"
to reveal a secret
often
by accident
or
with intentions that are not good
 
Synonyms:
betray, disclose, divulge, expose, impart, leak, proclaim, talk, tell, reveal, secret, slip, spill
 
 
Literally, spilling the beans. - - - - ->  a glass jar full of red beans has been tipped over and some of the contents have spilled out.
 


answered Jan 15, 2015 by utdzeo
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Idiom Scenario 2:


Ned was working in his backyard one day.  Ned looked over the fence to see his neighbor disposing of used motor oil in a hole in the ground.  Ned knows that this is a violation of environmental protection law. 
Do you think Ned should spill the beans?
Do you think that if Ned spills the beans that there will be trouble with his neighbor?
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answered Jan 15, 2015 by benhebebong
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Idiom Usage:

This idiom is informal.
In the imperative:
"Spill the beans!"
 
answered Jan 15, 2015 by tophuong
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Spilling the beans can cause a lot of trouble.
 
answered Jan 15, 2015 by Feiwel
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
answered Jan 15, 2015 by seastar_16784
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