Under the rose

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Under the rose in secret; privately; in a manner that forbids disclosure; -- the rose being among the ancients the symbol of secrecy, and hung up at entertainments as a token that nothing there said was to be divulged.
    • Under the rose See under Rose n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Under the rose (L., sub rosâ) under the pledge of secrecy, the rose being, among the ancients, the symbol of secrecy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
a translation of L. sub rosa
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. róse—L. rosa, Gr. rhodon.

Usage

In literature:

A quiet figure rose from a chair under the lamp and faced her with a courtesy.
"The Unseen Bridgegroom" by May Agnes Fleming
But under the rose they said: 'All right!
"The Flower of the Chapdelaines" by George W. Cable
Shall I whisper it to you under the memory of the last rose of last summer?
"The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846" by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
I can confide to you under the rose, that, though without are fightings, within are fears.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
The Tall Single Bright Rose Jacobea is invaluable as a cut flower for table decoration under artificial light.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The injured man's chest rose and fell perceptibly under the fur robes.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
At night my eight-legged friends slept always in their own homes or nests under shelter of the rose-leaves.
"Science in Arcady" by Grant Allen
Myrtle-flower water is sold in France under the name of eau d'ange, and may be prepared like rose, elder, or other flower waters.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
The lady across the street passed under her rose vine, her basket filled with creamy clusters.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The two under the rose-and-white-fringed canopy leaned toward each other.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Yes, that's it; under cover of Lady Rose they've betaken themselves to the river.
"Adrien Leroy" by Charles Garvice
So the day blew itself red in the face, and then purple, with a tender, rose-violet haze under its one crimson, lazily drooping eye.
"Skyrider" by B. M. Bower
When she rose to her feet and blew out the candle, she was under the vague impression that she had said her prayers.
"Sally Bishop" by E. Temple Thurston
Back and forth around the garden, under the lilac and rose bushes, ran Bunny and Sue after the old rooster.
"Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus" by Laura Lee Hope
What is the last rose of summer to do under such circumstances?
"Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour" by R. S. Surtees
Under the long reign of Offa, which went on from 758 to 796, it rose again to all but its old dominion.
"History of the English People, Volume I (of 8)" by John Richard Green
Miss Rose seated herself in a favorite spot of hers, a rustic chair under the oak-tree, and waited their return.
"Five Happy Weeks" by Margaret E. Sangster
She could see his very smile when they used to sit under the rose-trees at home.
"Stories from Hans Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Their spirits, naturally at a high mark, rose still higher under the warmth of the welcome.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
How sweet the honeysuckle and late roses smelled under the dew!
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
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In poetry:

I stood in the summer morning
Under a cavernous yew;
The sun was gently climbing,
And the scents rose after the dew.
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
Over them rose the golden steeps,
Heaven's castled and golden steeps;
Under them, depth on depth of space
Fell away from the holy place.
"A Song Of Two Angels" by Laura Elizabeth Richards
"The lady sang in her charm褠bower,
Sheltered and safe under roses blown—
'Storm cannot touch me, hail, nor shower,
Where all alone I sit, all alone.
"At One Again" by Jean Ingelow
They saw the glory of the world displayed;
They saw the bitter of it, and the sweet;
They knew the roses of the world should fade,
And be trod under by the hurrying feet.
"Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
I never knew any more beautiful than you:
I have hunted you under my thoughts,
I have broken down under the wind
And into the roses looking for you.
I shall never find any
greater than you.
"The Great Hunt" by Carl Sandburg
For the first time since he was born
Her son, her rose without a thorn,
They are at variance, they who were
Always such closest friends and dear.
Another face is in his dreams
Under the sunbeams and moonbeams.
"Alienation " by Katharine Tynan

In news:

In the spring, the bills rose slightly, but still were under $100.
Luffing rules have changed under the new rules, Dick Rose explains.
Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Charlie Wi and Australia's Mathew Goggin shot 6-under-par 64s to tie for the first-round lead of the.
National Skyline William Tyler, Caitlin Rose Help Soundtrack Under the Guise 's Modcloth Guide to Nashville.
A private family burial will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
Christopher Dorsey, 31, of St Rose, who raps under the moniker B.G.
Nextel Partners, which sells combined cellphone and walkie-talkie service under the Nextel brand, said yesterday that its fourth-quarter loss had narrowed to $52.9 million as sales rose 62 percent.
Student proficiency levels in grades 3-8 rose this year in all but one of 24 categories covered under the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, Gov Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced Tuesday.
Enlarge Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal This map shows the proposed route of the natural gas pipeline from Staten Island to Bayonne under the Kill Van Kull.
From the Italian for "Under the Rose" basically meaning whatever said or done while under the influence of wine will remain a secret.
A relentless Marylon Rose called or visited 3,000 vendors before she started the Sacramento Antique Faire under the W-X freeway about eight years ago.
The Rose Bowl, currently home to the Rose Bowl game and UCLA football, may host an NFL team for as long as five years under a plan approved by the Pasadena City Council early Tuesday morning.
But its defiance continues under Kim Jong-un, who rose to power a year ago after the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il.
The first night Rhiannon went to work at Goldie 's Patio Grill, manager Tyler Abla placed a rose under the windshield wiper of her car.
Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti's Rose to Gold held off the determined run of fellow Calder shipper Touch Magic to take Saturday's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess by a half-length under jockey Paco Lopez.
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