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Privately, 1) alone, by one's self, without the attendance of others: “she hath p. twice or thrice a day, ever since the death of Hermione, visited that removed house,” Wint. V, 2, 114.
2) not officially, but in the character of a private man, personally: “be it as you shall p. determine, either for her stay or going,” Oth. I, 3, 276.
3) not before others, but only in the presence of the persons concerned (entre quatre yeux): “if you handled her p., she would sooner confess,” Meas. V, 277. “speak it p.” Merch. II, 4, 21. “we'll pass the business p. and well,” Shr. IV, 4, 57. “he hears nought p. that comes from Troy,” Troil. I, 3, 249.
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