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Unadapted borrowing from Latin sub rosā (“under the rose”, post-Classical). Compare earlier under the rose.
- In secret or covertly; privately, confidentially. [from 17th c.]
- They held the meeting sub rosa.
- 1936 June 30, Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, →OCLC; republished New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company, 1944, →OCLC, part II, page 188:
- I run my boat into New York, buy from Yankee firms, sub rosa, of course, and away I go.
- Carried out secretly or confidentially.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:covert
- 1966, Thomas Pynchon, chapter 6, in The Crying of Lot 49, New York: Bantam Books, published 1976, →ISBN, page 120:
- He began a sub rosa campaign of obstruction, terror and depredation along the Thurn and Taxis mail routes.
sub rosa (uncountable)
- (slang, in workers’ compensation cases) Covert surveillance video used to catch workers’ compensation applicants and show that they are in fact not injured.
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