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 In Perpet’nam (Latin).In Posse (Latin). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
In Petto (Italian).
 
Held in reserve, kept back, something done privately, and not announced to the general public. (In pec’tore [Latin], in the breast.)   1
   Cardinals in petto. Cardinals about to be elected, but not yet publicly announced. Their names are in pectre (of the Pope).   2
 


 In Perpet’nam (Latin).In Posse (Latin). 

 
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