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Behind closed doors

In secret, privately. For example, The nominating committee always meets behind closed doors, lest its deliberations become known prematurely . Also see behind the scenes
Contemporary Examples

The GOP Already Has a 2016 Front-Runner… for Vice President Josh Rogin February 26, 2014
New York’s Naughtiest Show (Maybe Avoid the Front Row) Tim Teeman January 17, 2014
Sochi’s Furtive Gay Clubs Anna Nemtsova October 25, 2013
The Obama Charm Offensive: Inside His Session with the House GOP David Catanese March 13, 2013
An Obsession with the GOP’s Bad Girls Meghan McCain June 20, 2010

Historical Examples

The New Freedom Woodrow Wilson
Rose O’Paradise Grace Miller White
Original Short Stories, Volume 8 (of 13) Guy de Maupassant
The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
The World For Sale, Complete Gilbert Parker


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