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I am having trouble finding the right way to describe the following: a man not having a revolver "tucked away in the pants." I would like this to include the idea that "if he had one, you wouldn't see it anyway, but he doesn't," I also need to include the "in the pants" or "in the belt"(?), as this is for a translation.

Is there any phrase describing this situation?

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Let me see if I understand, you are looking for a way to say that a man might or might not be carrying a weapon on his person (either in his pants or in his belt) but it is impossible to tell because of what he is wearing? – JLG Apr 22 '12 at 23:36

He didn't have a gun on his belt, though one wouldn't have noticed it there if he had.

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Maybe..."Not that it would be visible underneath the fabric of his pants, but he did not have a revolver on him". or "While he could've easily concealed a revolver inside his pants/under his belt, he was not carrying one".

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