When Gibbs first tried her hand as a Time writer, she had to keep it under wraps, she recalled.
But Geithner was reportedly trying to keep it under wraps, lest politicians take it as license to lose their urgency.
That attorney, Rutherford charges, asked him for $300,000 to “walk away and keep it under wraps.”
early 14c., wrappen, of uncertain etymology, perhaps via Scandinavian (cf. Danish dialectal vravle "to wind"), ultimately from PIE *werp- "to turn, wind" (cf. Greek rhaptein "to sew"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrapped; wrapping.
late 15c., "fine cloth used as a cover or wrapping for bread," from wrap (v.). As a type of women's garment, recorded from 1827. Meaning "end of a filming session" is attested from 1974. Figurative phrase under wraps "in concealment" is recorded from 1939.
Entirely in someone's control: Our boss likes to keep us under his thumb (1754+)
Something very successful and impressive; a sensation; wow1: It would make a wowser of a movie/ The four-beat peroration is a wowser
[1928+; fr wow, perhaps influenced by rouser]