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Hole-and-corner   /hoʊl-ənd-kˈɔrnər/   Listen

Relating to the peripheral and unimportant aspects of life.  Synonym: hole-in-corner.
Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods.  Synonyms: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground.  "Cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines" , "Hole-and-corner intrigue" , "Secret missions" , "A secret agent" , "Secret sales of arms" , "Surreptitious mobilization of troops" , "An undercover investigation" , "Underground resistance"

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"Hole-and-corner" Quotes from Famous Books

... there had been this "hole-and-corner" sort of marriage, as the disappointed femininity of Monkshaven chose to call it, and, after a very brief honeymoon, Miles and Audrey had returned and thrown themselves heart and soul into the work of organizing and equipping a convalescent hospital for officers, of which ...
— The Hermit of Far End • Margaret Pedler

... a falling star! But for Pelle and the others he signified more than that; they learned more in three days than in the whole course of their apprenticeship. And they saw brilliant prospects for the craft; it was no hole-and-corner business after all; with Garibaldi, they traveled the whole wonderful world. Pelle's blood burned with the desire to wander; he knew now what he wanted. To be capable as Garibaldi—that genius personified; and to enter the ...
— Pelle the Conqueror, Complete • Martin Andersen Nexo

Words linked to "Hole-and-corner" :   covert, insignificant, unimportant

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