come out


come out
   to announce your availability as a sexual partner
   Until the 1950s this was social jargon for the parade of marriageable girls of wealthy parents, in London especially, before supposedly eligible bachelors; see also OUT I:
    Girls had to come out, I knew. (N. Mitford, 1949)
   The phrase is now used specifically of homosexuals who make public their sexual preference for the first time, being a shortened form of come out of the closet:
    Lord Mountbatten was definitely gay himself though he never had to courage to come out of the closet. (Private Eye, May 1981)
    The Bishops' group also says that a homosexual who has 'come out' should offer his resignation to his bishop. (Daily Telegraph, October 1979 — note the quotation marks in an early use)

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