- 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.
Origin of hole-and-corner
Related Words for hole-and-cornercovert, furtive, hush-hush, unauthorized, clandestine, fraudulent, hidden, private, sly, stealthy, undercover, underhand, veiled, sneaking, hole-and-corner, skulking, slinking, under-the-table, concealed, confidential
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Historical Examples of hole-and-corner
"Oh, it is a hole-and-corner business, and God only knows why," he answered.Youth
As being preferable to hole-and-corner meetings in friends' houses——!The Big Drum
She knows the Neapolitans, and does not value them but for hole-and-corner defence.The Admiral
There was to be no hole-and-corner business about the great coup.Chance in Chains
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
I request Geh'-bauer to send me two tickets, as some of my friends wish to attend your hole-and-corner music.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826 Vol. 2
- (usually prenominal) informal furtive or secretive