on the q.t.

Idioms & Phrases

on the Q.T.

Secretly, as in They told her on the Q.T. that she was being promoted. This slangy term, in which Q.T. is an abbreviation for "quiet," was first recorded in 1884.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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on the q.t.

adverb
in secrecy; not openly; "met secretly to discuss the invasion plans"; "the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library"; "they arranged to meet in secret" [syn: secretly
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