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hole-and-corner

[hohl-uhn-kawr-ner]
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] .


Origin:
1825–35

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hole-and-corner
 
adj
informal (usually prenominal) furtive or secretive

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