Definition of behind closed doors in English:

behind closed doors


  • Taking place secretly or without public knowledge.

    ‘the legislature allows its business to be completed behind closed doors’
    • ‘I certainly don't want to add my voice to a bitter argument that has raged for months behind closed doors.’
    • ‘The committee made the decision behind closed doors - its meetings are not open to press or public.’
    • ‘There is no public oversight of the council and its meetings are held behind closed doors.’
    • ‘Our view is that those who run the media should run it in public, and not behind closed doors.’
    • ‘The club closed two weeks ago and negotiations had been taking place behind closed doors as to its future.’
    • ‘He also gave expert evidence in many child protection cases which are held behind closed doors with no public scrutiny.’
    • ‘It appears that the two have talked behind closed doors and struck a deal.’
    • ‘Neither do they welcome publicity for their initiation ceremonies, conducted behind closed doors.’
    • ‘Mystery surrounds what was going on behind the closed doors of yesterday's board meeting.’
    • ‘However, authorities refuse to comment on what is really happening behind closed doors.’
    covertly, without anyone knowing, in secret, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, behind the scenes, behind someone's back, under cover, under the counter, discreetly, unobserved, quietly, furtively, stealthily, on the sly, on the quiet, privily, conspiratorially, clandestinely, on the side
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