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on the q.t., stealthily; secretly: to meet someone on the q.t.
Origin of q.t.
First recorded in 1905–10
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abbreviation for informal
on the q.t. secretly
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slang for "quiet," in phrase on the q.t., attested from 1874. Phrase on the quiet appears from 1847.
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