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surreptitious
used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Definition
done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
  • The midwife surreptitiously confiscated the caul and later sold it to a sailor from the Brooklyn Navy Yard for two dollars.
    Chapter 9 (25% in)
surreptitiously = secretly

(editor's note:  "Confiscated the caul," could be worded as "took the membrane that covered the head." Some believed the membrane brought luck.)
  • But most came just to touch the boughs and surreptitiously pinch a fingerful of spruce needles together to release the fragrance.
    Chapter 27 (9% in)
  • Nolan," he said, surreptitiously referring to the slip of paper on which the orderly had written her name and address, "I sympathize with you in your great grief.
    Chapter 36 (14% in)

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