One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘groups of MPs met in secret over the summer’
secretly, without anyone knowing, 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, covertly, clandestinely, on the side
sub rosa, in camera
informal on the q.t.
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