behind closed doors
In secret, privately. For example, The nominating committee always meets behind closed doors, lest its deliberations become known prematurely. Also see behind the scenes.
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Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?
Not to be left behind, progressives in neighboring Wisconsin clamored to join the cutting edge of public health.
I think a lot of it has to do with the attitude and the energy behind it and the honesty.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Other major news outlets made the same decision, hiding behind a misplaced sense of multicultural sensitivity.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too|John Avlon|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He closed his eyes, imagining the virgins, imagining away the pain in his head and groin.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Then there was Wee Wo,—he was a little Chinese chap, and we used to send him down the chimneys to open front doors for us.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
More soldiers crowded into the cave and Professor-Commander Krafft came in behind them.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
In treble, second and fourth, the first change is a dodge behind; and the second time the treble leads, there's a double Bob.Tintinnalogia, or, the Art of Ringing|Richard Duckworth and Fabian Stedman