hole-and-corner love



from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Being in a secret place; conducted secretly.

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  • adj. Conducted in secret; clandestine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clandestine; underhand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to the peripheral and unimportant aspects of life
  • adj. conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods


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  • Don't squirrel it away as a shady hole-and-corner Hertfordshire country-house cabal.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Given how badly he has played his hand and given the hole-and-corner way he has gone about it, the electorate are unlikely to draw a favourable conclusion on the matter.

    Now You See Macavity, Now You Don't

  • Ethelberta was far from putting this matter before Picotee for advice or opinion; but, like all people who have an innate dislike to hole-and-corner policy, she felt compelled to speak of it to some one.

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • Sooner or later I should have to go to B. for more money, but it seemed hardly decent to do so yet, and in the meantime I must exist in some hole-and-corner way.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • “Oh, it is a hole-and-corner business, and God only knows why,” he answered.


  • They chatted a time, then the boy looked hole-and-corner about him.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Gazette it was all somehow very hole-and-corner, almost furtive, She had crept in and out of the office as if she had something to be ashamed about, to cover up; as if she was the guilty party!

    Sleeping Partners

  • Why the need for all this—this hole-and-corner secrecy?


  • I don't like this hole-and-corner business, Rosanne.

    Blue Aloes Stories of South Africa

  • When Frederick died, there followed that time of which Germans themselves are ashamed -- the hole-and-corner time, the time when the parochial spirit was abroad and no German burgher saw beyond the village church and the village pump; the

    William of Germany


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