- 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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- on the q.t. secretly
Word Origin and History for q.t.
slang for "quiet," in phrase on the q.t., attested from 1874. Phrase on the quiet appears from 1847.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with q.t.
see on the Q.T.
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