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or Q.T.

  1. quiet.
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  1. on the q.t., stealthily; secretly: to meet someone on the q.t.
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Origin of q.t.

First recorded in 1905–10
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Related Words for on the qt

secluded, covert, classified, undisclosed, private, undercover, mysterious, unknown, underground, furtive, hush-hush, obscure, unpublished, reticent, enigmatic, taciturn, unauthorized, clandestine, hidden, experimental

British Dictionary definitions for on the qt


abbreviation for informal
  1. quiet
  2. on the q.t. secretly
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Word Origin and History for on the qt



slang for "quiet," in phrase on the q.t., attested from 1874. Phrase on the quiet appears from 1847.

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Idioms and Phrases with on the qt


see on the Q.T.

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