hole-and-corner

[ hohl-uh n-kawr-ner ]
/ ˈhoʊl ənˈkɔr nər /

adjective

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/.

Origin of hole-and-corner

First recorded in 1825–35
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hole-and-corner


adjective

(usually prenominal) informal furtive or secretive
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