What is the most suitable expression or idiom that can complete this sentence?
I want to do charity _________ (in secrecy) because I don't like showboating.
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Consider the following options.
I want to do charity discreetly because I don't like showboating.
I want to do charity without making a song and dance about it because I don't like showboating.
1 In a careful and prudent manner, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment.
‘Gift-giving in courtship traditionally was handled discreetly, with men offering women small gifts on special occasions.’
make a song and dance about something/doing something (British & Australian)
to make something seem more important than it really is so that everyone notices it
He made a real song and dance about giving up meat.
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.
- an ostentatious display.
I want to do charity work, but without fanfare, because I don't like showboating.