under the rose

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin sub rosa

Prepositional phrase[edit]

under the rose

  1. in secret
    • 1861, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, quoted by Fiona MacCarthy (2011) in The Last Pre-Raphaelite, Faber, ISBN: 978-0-571-22861-4, p.130.
      We are organising (but this is quite under the rose as yet) a company for the production of furniture and decoration of all kinds, for the sale of which we are going to open an actual shop!