on the QT

q.t.

Informal.
Idioms
2.
on the q.t., stealthily; secretly: to meet someone on the q.t.
Also, Q.T.


Origin:
1905–10

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q.t.
 
abbreviation for
1.  quiet
2.  on the q.t. secretly

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q.t.
slang for "quiet," attested from 1884.
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on the QT definition


  1. mod.
    in secret; secretly. (From QuieT.) : He said it on the QT so no one else knows except you and me.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
q.t.
quiet
Q.T.
Latin qui tam (who sues)
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