murder will out

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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.


murder will out

  1. a murderer will always be discovered.
  2. (idiomatic) secrets or hidden crimes will eventually be exposed or discovered; nothing that is secret can remain a secret forever.



  • murder will out” in The American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.
  • murder” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "English Legal Proverbs", Donald F. Bond, PMLA, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Dec., 1936), pp. 927.