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