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    #1

    on the sly = in confidence, secretly

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following excerpt from an English text?

    In a town where image is everything, some in the moneyed elite just can't stand the shame of it all. So they're asking to meet out in the alley to get their loans on the sly.

    on the sly = in confidence, secretly

    The adjective sly, which means "cunning" or "crafty," is here used as a noun.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.


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    #2

    Re: on the sly = in confidence, secretly

    Yes - 'in a secretative fashion'

    "She was drinking on the sly."

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    #3

    Re: on the sly = in confidence, secretly

    Especially when it breaks a law or a promise.

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