under wraps

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under wraps

Concealed or secret, as in The design for the new plant is under wraps. This idiom frequently is put as , meaning "keep secret," as in Let's keep this theory under wraps until we've tested it sufficiently. It alludes to covering something completely by wrapping it up. [1930s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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