a riddle wrapped up in an enigma

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A form of Winston Churchill's quotation, made in a radio broadcast in October 1939:

  • "I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest."

Noun[edit]

a riddle wrapped up in an enigma

  1. (idiomatic) Something very mysterious and hidden.

References[edit]

  • “The meaning and origin of the expression: A riddle wrapped up in an enigma”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], phrases.org.uk, 17 March 2009, retrieved 13 March 2017