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on the Q.T.

Confidential(ly); secret(ly); without anyone else knowing. "Q.T." is an abbreviation of "quiet." Please keep this information on the Q.T. until we are ready to make a public announcement. It turns out he's been writing a romance novel on the Q.T.
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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 Q.T.

Secretly, as in They told her on the Q.T. that she was being promoted. This slangy term, in which Q.T. is an abbreviation for "quiet," was first recorded in 1884.
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on the QT

OLD-FASHIONED
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 q.t.

secretly or secret; without anyone noticing. informal
q.t. is a humorous abbreviation of 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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on the Q.T.

Confidentially. “Q.T.” is simply a shortened form of the word “quiet.” You're being told something on the Q.T. is to be asked to keep it under your hat.
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