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Away from others or in a way that others will not be able to observe; privately, as opposed to in public. We need to meet in private so that the paparazzi don't see us together. You better speak to him in private about that, instead of ambushing him in front of the whole staff.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
privately; without others present. I'd like to speak to you in private. I enjoy spending the evening in private.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Not in public; secretly, confidentially. For example, The hearings will be conducted in private, or May I speak to you in private? [Late 1500s] For an antonym, see in public.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Not in public; secretly or confidentially.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.