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cloak (someone or something) in secrecy

To hide someone or something from another person or from public view. The residents complained that the board cloaked its decision process in secrecy, not allowing anyone to see the final plan.
See also: cloak, secrecy

swear (one) to secrecy

To make one promise that they won't reveal something that they know about. The company swore me to secrecy before promoting me to work on their latest product. OK, I'll tell you, but I have to swear you to secrecy!
See also: secrecy, swear, to

veil of (something)

That which serves to conceal or obscure the truth (of something). Despite many calls by activists to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the government's plan, officials once again declined to make any details public. There has long been a veil of silence within the organization meant to protect those in charge. You've kept a veil of deceit drawn over our marriage for years, Tom. I want the truth about where you've been spending all our money!
See also: of, veil
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cloak someone or something in secrecy

Fig. to hide or conceal someone or something in secrecy. Patrick cloaked his activities in secrecy. The agents cloaked the spy in secrecy, making her identity a mystery.
See also: cloak, secrecy
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

swear somebody to ˈsecrecy

make somebody promise not to tell a secret: Before telling her what happened, I had sworn her to secrecy.Everyone was sworn to secrecy about what had happened.
See also: secrecy, somebody, swear, to
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The Bank Secrecy Law, passed in 1955, covers 'all deposits of whatever nature with banks or banking institutions in the Philippines.'
Secrecy orders are still in use today, under the authority of the Invention Secrecy Act of 1951, and inventors and companies, concerned about imitation or intellectual-property theft, often prefer to keep their discoveries secret rather than patent them.
Also, Congress has yet to pass a measure that would ease the restrictions in the bank secrecy law.
The DOF proposed tax amnesty measure, which is under its Package 1B of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, includes measures of an estate tax amnesty which is estimated to generate P6.28 billion; general tax amnesty, P13.63 billion; tax amnesty on delinquencies, P27.16 billion; and lifting of the bank secrecy law for criminal cases, as well as the AEOI, P16.6 billion.
President Duterte signed but partially vetoed RA 11213 in February because it did not contain a provision that lifted bank secrecy for fraud cases.
"I ask Congress to pass another general tax amnesty bill that includes the lifting of bank secrecy for fraud cases, the inclusion of automatic exchange of information and safeguards to ensure that asset or net worth declarations are truthful," he said.
Trillanes, however, has reportedly dismissed as mere lip service the President's call for reforms on the bank secrecy measure for tax purposes.
Despite Amy's family and the Lucie Blackman Trust revealing earlier this week Amy was the dead woman, court officials said the secrecy order - 'secreto de sumario' in Spanish - prevented them from officially confirming it was her.
Under Spanish law an investigating judge is taking an exceptional measure when he or she places a secrecy order over an investigation.
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The case underscored how Swiss authorities continue to pursue people who leak client data even as strict banking secrecy erodes in an era of automatic sharing of account data among tax authorities to catch cheats.
Some lawmakers in the European Union worried that the prosecutors' move, if successful, would deter potential whistleblowers from supplying information on people accused of shifting wealth to tax havens through accounts protected by secrecy laws.
to create an aura of mystery around her fictional character, Lucy Snowe," but also to further "a Simmelian-like theory of the role of secrecy in the construction of personal and social identity" (57).
Some of May's most illuminating work appears in her fifth chapter, on secrecy, orientalism, and Bulwer-Lytton's 1838 historical romance Leila; or, The Siege of Granada.