hole-and-corner


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hole-and-corner

  (British) also hole-in-the-corner (British)
hole-and-corner activities are kept secret, usually because they are dishonest (always before noun) I don't want any more hole-in-the-corner deals, from now all our business will be done in the open.
References in classic literature ?
Profiting by your hint,' pursues Jasper, 'I have had some day- rambles with the extraordinary old fellow, and we are to make a moonlight hole-and-corner exploration to-night.