under wraps

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*under wraps

Fig. concealed; suppressed. (*Typically: be ~; have ~; hold ~; keep ~.) We kept the candidate's conviction under wraps until after the election. The plan we had under wraps had to be scrapped anyway.
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under wraps

Concealed or secret, as in The design for the new plant is under wraps. This idiom frequently is put as keep under wraps, meaning "keep secret," as in Let's keep this theory under wraps until we've tested it sufficiently. It alludes to covering something completely by wrapping it up. [1930s]
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under wraps

mod. (held) in secret. We kept it under wraps until after the election.
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under wraps

Informal
Secret or concealed: "The news was kept under wraps for the three-day weekend" (Boston Globe).
See also: wrap