One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In confidence; under pledge of secrecy.See also sub rosa
in secret, secretly, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, discreetly, furtively, clandestinely, on the quiet, on the sly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselvesView synonyms
- ‘In ancient times a rose was attached to the ceiling of council chambers as an indication that everybody present was sworn to secrecy, sub rosa - under the rose.’
- ‘Attendees understood that whatever was said under the rose - or sub rosa - had to remain a secret.’
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