to let the cat out of the bag - What is the meaning?

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What is the meaning of "to let the cat out of the bag" idiom?

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Idiom Scenario 1:


Martha has found a new job.  She has given her employment notice to her boss and will finish work in one week.  Martha's coworkers have decided to give a surprise going away party for Martha even though Martha usually keeps her coworkers at arm's length.  One morning, Martha's coworkers are talking in the coffee room.  They are planning Martha's party when one coworker sees Martha entering the office.  The worker says to her coworkers...
"Shhhh!  Here comes Martha.  Don't let the cat out of the bag!"
All of Martha's coworkers change the subject of conversation and say nothing of the party because the party is to be a surprise.
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Idiom Definition:


"to let the cat out of the bag"
to reveal a secret often without the intention to reveal the secret
 
Synonyms:
betray, disclose, divulge, expose, impart, leak, proclaim, talk, tell, reveal, secret, slip, spill
 
 
This man is literally letting the cat out of the bag. - - - - ->  a man wearing a yellow shirt and blue tie is allowing a happy grey cat to escape from a large red sack.




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Pamela and her husband Henry are sitting in their kitchen one morning discussing what they will buy their son, Aaron, for his upcoming birthday.  Of course, they want the birthday gift to be a surprise.  During the discussion, Pamela sees Aaron trying to sneak up as quiet as a mouse.  Aaron wants to overhear his parents conversation and discover what his present will be but Pamela tells Henry...
"Let's not let the cat out of the bag."
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Idiom Usage:

In the imperative:
"Don't let the cat out of the bag!"
Usually this idiom is used to give the idea that revealing a secret or hidden purpose or surprise was not intentional.
Sometimes people let the cat out of the bag for malicious purposes.
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Letting the cat out of the bag can cause a surprise party not to be a surprise anymore.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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