hole-in-the-corner

hole-in-the-corner

Shady and secretive, typically to hide illicit activity. Primarily heard in UK. You can be sure there's some hole-in-the-corner activities going on in that private club.

hole-in-the-corner

or

hole-and-corner

BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
If you describe an activity or an event as hole-in-the-corner or hole-and-corner, you mean that it is kept secret, usually because it is dishonest or shameful. You deserve better than a hole-in-the-corner relationship like this. His visit was a hole-and-corner affair, and treated like a guilty secret.
References in periodicals archive ?
He said there was no hole-in-the-corner cover-up in an attempt to mislead the Commons.
He said, "Ours have not been the actions of people engaged in a hole-in-the-corner cover-up."
He said, 'Ours have not been the actions of people engaged in a hole-in-the-corner cover- up.'