closely guarded secret

closely guarded secret
hidden secret, secret which is protected

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • secret — se|cret1 W3S3 [ˈsi:krıt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin secretus, past participle of secernere to separate ] 1.) known about by only a few people and kept hidden from others →↑secrecy ▪ They kept their relationship secret from… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • closely — close|ly W2S2 [ˈkləusli] adv 1.) very carefully ▪ The detective watched him closely , waiting for a reply. closely controlled/guarded/monitored etc ▪ Political activity is closely controlled. ▪ Details of the program are a closely guarded secret …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Secret history — A secret history (or shadow history) is a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real (or known) history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed or forgotten. ecret histories of the real worldOriginally secret histories… …   Wikipedia

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  • guarded — UK US /ˈgɑːdɪd/ adjective ► careful not to give too much information or show how you really feel: »a guarded response »Conversation on the trading floor tends to be polite but guarded. ► protected from being known, found, harmed, or taken:… …   Financial and business terms

  • secret — I adj. 1) strictly secret 2) most; top secret 3) to keep smt. secret (from smb.) II n. 1) to make a secret of smt. 2) to guard, keep a secret 3) to betray, blurt out, divulge, reveal a secret 4) to ferret out, uncover a secret 5) a closely… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • secret */*/*/ — I UK [ˈsiːkrət] / US [ˈsɪkrət] noun [countable] Word forms secret : singular secret plural secrets 1) a piece of information that is known by only a small number of people, and is deliberately not told to other people He was accused of selling… …   English dictionary

  • secret — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 sth that must not be known by others ADJECTIVE ▪ big, great ▪ little ▪ closely guarded, well kept ▪ a charming museum that is one of the city s best kept …   Collocations dictionary