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behind closed doors

In secret, privately. For example, The nominating committee always meets behind closed doors, lest its deliberations become known prematurely . Also see behind the scenes
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  • The very fact that so much in politics is done in the dark, behind closed doors, promotes suspicion.

    The New Freedom Woodrow Wilson
  • Mr. King gave the order, and again they were behind closed doors.

    Rose O'Paradise Grace Miller White
  • At last, when alone with her behind closed doors, he would thrash her on the slightest pretext.

  • I poured out my misgivings to Will that night behind closed doors.

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • Never before had she been shut in all night behind closed doors and sealed windows.

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