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hole-and-corner

[hohl-uh n-kawr-ner] /ˈhoʊl ənˈkɔr nər/
adjective
1.
secretive; clandestine; furtive:
The political situation was full of hole-and-corner intrigue.
2.
trivial and colorless:
She was living a hole-and-corner existence of daily drudgery.
Also, hole-in-corner
[hohl-in-kawr-ner] /ˈhoʊl ɪnˈkɔr nər/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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British Dictionary definitions for hole-and-corner

hole-and-corner

adjective
1.
(usually prenominal) (informal) furtive or secretive
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