One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attempting to avoid public notice; secret.‘a hole-and-corner wedding’
secret, secretive, in secret, private, clandestineView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Instead, they indulged in their usual hole-and-corner and devious manoeuvres.’
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