- 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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Examples from the Web for qt
The heater when connected to a current supply and placed in 1 qt.
This therefore measures the area generated by the motion of QT.
I was only about as upset as that spilled milk that was cried over and no wonder at 18 cents a qt.Believe You Me!
Nina Wilcox Putnam
A very effective dip for brass and copper articles, that will leave a clean and bright finish, is 2 qt.
Stops, A, are placed in the casing at the right places for each pocket to spill when exactly 2 qt.
- on the q.t. secretly
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Word Origin and History for qt
slang for "quiet," in phrase on the q.t., attested from 1874. Phrase on the quiet appears from 1847.
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- Abbreviation of quart
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Idioms and Phrases with qt
see on the Q.T.
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