To keep something secret is like covering it, or putting it in a container, so that other people cannot see it, e.g.:
- She accused him of covering up the truth.
- He tried to mask/disguise/camouflage his true feelings.
- She wanted to bury the memory of that day.
- The project is still under wraps.
To tell a secret is like removing a cover from something, or like opening a container and letting something get out, e.g.:
- He uncovered/revealed/exposed a terrible secret.
- You have always been very open about your feelings.
- Someone leaked the information to the press.
- The news had already got out.
For more metaphor examples, see the word secret in Macmillan Dictionary.
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