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between you, (and) me, and the gatepost

What is going to be or has been said should not be told to anyone else. This phrase is usually said along with information that needs to be kept secret. Primarily heard in UK. I overheard the boss talking to her secretary last night and—just between you, me, and the gatepost—she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me and the gatepost, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
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between you and me

Also, between ourselves; just between you and me and the bedpost or four walls or gatepost or lamppost . In strict confidence. For example, Just between you and me, it was Janet who proposed to Bill rather than vice versa. This phrase, dating from about 1300, is generally followed by some informative statement that the listener is being asked to keep secret. The variant with bedpost, also shortened to post, dates from the early 1800s; four walls, also shortened to the wall, dates from the early 1900s, as does the gatepost.
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between you, me and the bedpost


between you, me and the gatepost

If you say that something you say is between you, me and the bedpost or between you, me and the gatepost, you mean that the person you are talking to should not tell anyone else what you have said. Between you, me and the bedpost, I'd say he was completely confused. Between you, me and the gatepost, he'd be better off without her. Note: People also sometimes use fencepost instead of bedpost. That's my opinion, between you, me and the fencepost.
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between you, me and the ˈgatepost

(British English, informal) used to show that what you are going to say next is a secret: Well, between you, me and the gatepost, I heard that she’s pregnant.
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One way to make such a gate easier to close is to put a handle on the gatepost to give you more leverage for pulling the gate shut.
When he returned and realised the bag had still not been claimed, he hung it on a gatepost.
Walk around the palisade to see the elaborate gateposts and fierce guardian figures.
The signs, which farmers can display on fences and gateposts, mark a new partnership between NFU Cymru and the Kennel Club.
Through the gateposts there is a block-paved driveway, parking area and integrated double garage.
WINTER Halloween is past Bonfire night has been Autumn now over Summer is but a dream Dark nights abound Frost in the air Snow will soon arrive A white blanket everywhere Birds in your garden Looking for a meal Top up your feeders Many species can be seen Robins on your gateposts Their breasts all aglow Standing out like a flame Red against the snow Xmas round the corner Time to decorate the tree Lights round the window There for all to see Sort out your address book Lots of cards to write Plenty to keep you busy On these cold winter nights.
One of the memories I have of the house in which I was born is the fact that one of the gateposts had a corner missing from it.
At the junction with Byron Road, go through the brick gateposts (right) into Small Heath Park.
After a spell in the parlour, where one of our four big sisters told us three brothers stories of such things as ghosts sitting on gateposts or animals that talked on that one night of the year, the night started in earnest about eight o'clock.
We are refurbishing the building to provide better access and more interesting displays, and we are working with the council to widen the gateposts in order to accommodate more visitors, and to give access for emergency vehicles.
POLICE are urging homeowners to photograph stone garden ornaments following a spate of thefts - mostly giant balls from gateposts.
Another attraction was Katie Cropper, the only woman to win One Man And His Dog, who herded six geese around kids acting as gateposts.
Northumberland County Council's Area West Planning Committee unanimously threw out English Heritage's objections over plans to reposition historic gateposts on the 24-acre estate.
MULTI-millionaire Graham Wylie has won a battle to relocate two gateposts at his country estate.
In the meantime locals were advised to either secure the bags to gateposts, or simply tie up their newspapers.