keep (something) under (one's) hat(redirected from keep under their hats)
keep (something) under (one's) hat
To not reveal or discuss something publicly. Keep this under your hat for now, but Greg is definitely the one getting the promotion.
keep something under one's hat
Fig. to keep something a secret; to keep something in one's mind (only). (If the secret stays under your hat, it stays in your mind. Note the use of but in the examples.) Keep this under your hat, but I'm getting married. I'm getting married, but keep it under your hat.
keep under one's hat
Preserve the secrecy of something, as in I'll tell you about it if you promise to keep it under your hat. This usage alludes to hiding a secret in one's head, covered by a hat. [Late 1800s]
keep something under your hatINFORMAL
If you keep something under your hat, you do not tell anyone else about it. Very few people know, so keep it under your hat. Look, if I tell you something will you promise to keep it under your hat? Note: This was a slogan used to promote security in Britain during the Second World War.