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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.
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!
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!
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
swear somebody to ˈsecrecymake 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.
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