secretive; clandestine; furtive: The political situation was full of hole-and-corner intrigue.
trivial and colorless: She was living a hole-and-corner existence of daily drudgery.
- Also hole-in-cor·ner [hohl-in-kawr-ner]. /ˈhoʊl ɪnˈkɔr nər/.
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How to use hole-and-corner in a sentence
There was to be no hole-and-corner business about the great coup.Chance in Chains | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
But this hole-and-corner way of doing warfare damps all enthusiasm and stifles recruiting.My War Experiences in Two Continents | Sarah Macnaughtan
Do you think Paula Varick is the kind of girl to practice hole-and-corner meetings at museums or restaurants?Our Square and the People in It | Samuel Hopkins Adams
Deny him any playground but a hole-and-corner court, and you'll find that he'll betake himself to hole-and-corner games in it.Mr. Punch's History of Modern England Vol. II (of IV),--1857-1874 | Charles L. Graves
The call might not come, of course; the war might be short, a hole-and-corner affair soon ended.In the Wilderness | Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for hole-and-corner
(usually prenominal) informal furtive or secretive
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