murder will out
The phrase murder will out, literally "murder will become public", appears as far back as Geoffrey Chaucer's works. The phrase is often linked to the superstition that a murderer's presence near the corpse will be indicated by fresh bleeding.
- a murderer will always be discovered.
- (idiomatic) secrets or hidden crimes will eventually be exposed or discovered; nothing that is secret can remain a secret forever.
- “murder will out” in E. D. Hirsch Jr., Joseph F. Kett, James Trefil, The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd rev. and updated edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2002, ↑ISBN; reproduced on Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- “murder” in Stuart Berg Flexner, editor in chief, Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2nd rev. and updated edition, New York, N.Y.: Random House, 1993, ↑ISBN; reproduced on Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "English Legal Proverbs", Donald F. Bond, PMLA, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Dec., 1936), pp. 927.