Meaning of hole-and-corner

hole-and-cor•ner

Pronunciation: (hōl'un-kôr'nur), [key]
— adj.
  1. secretive; clandestine; furtive: The political situation was full of hole-and-corner intrigue.
  2. trivial and colorless: She was living a hole-and-corner existence of daily drudgery.
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