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sub rosa

Privately. This Latin phrase (meaning "under the rose") refers to the ancient use of the rose as a symbol of secrecy. No, I had no idea they were planning to reject the proposal. They must have reached that decision sub rosa.
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Florio was defeated in a brilliant sub-rosa attack by the NRA, not for his stand on assault weapons but for his tax increases.
Principals know that transient students bring down their school's test scores, and the savviest long ago figured out sub-rosa ways of masking the effect (such as shuttling transient students into special education classes).
Gilmore put the kibosh on the longstanding practice of top distributors such as Miramax, Fox Searchlight and Polygram arranging for private, sub-rosa screenings of hot titles before They play before the hoi polloi.
In the 2015 National Budget, much of pork monies are "sub-rosa." Those that could not be hidden were valiantly defended as necessary for infrastructure and to spike the economy.
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