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on the QT

quietly; secretly. (An abbreviation of quiet.) The company president was making payments to his wife on the QT. The mayor accepted a bribe on the QT.
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on the QT

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If you do something on the QT, you do it secretly. Note: `QT' is sometimes written as `q.t.'. It is pronounced `q t', as if you were spelling it out. They've asked our government to help them. All on the QT, of course. Many of the companies had been selling weapons to the terrorists for years, openly or on the q.t. Note: In this expression, `QT' is short for `quiet'.
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on the QT

mod. in secret; secretly. (From QuieT.) He said it on the QT so no one else knows except you and me.
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