Definition of hole-and-corner in English:



  • Attempting to avoid public notice; secret.

    ‘a hole-and-corner wedding’
    • ‘Instead, they indulged in their usual hole-and-corner and devious manoeuvres.’
    • ‘Unless the districts were considerable they were always more or less a kind of hole-and-corner government.’
    • ‘To talk to a foreigner is no longer a sign of political unreliability, and conversations do not have to be carried out in a hole-and-corner fashion, behind walls, with one nervous eye open for spies and eavesdroppers.’
    • ‘These committees merely mean avoiding discussion and a hole-and-corner method of getting amendments through that might not be at all welcome to the country or to the House at large.’
    secret, secretive, in secret, private, clandestine
    underhand, surreptitious, covert, furtive, devious, stealthy, sneaky, backstairs, closet, undercover, hugger-mugger, cloak-and-dagger, behind-the-scenes, under-the-table, under-the-counter
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/ˌhōl ən ˈkôrnər/