in confidence


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in (the strictest) confidence

trusting that something said will not be told to anyone else She told me her plans in confidence, and I really can't talk to anyone about them.
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in confidence

Also, in strict confidence. Privately, on condition that what is said will not be revealed. For example, The doctor told her in confidence that her mother was terminally ill, or He told us in strict confidence that Gail was pregnant. This idiom was first recorded in 1632. Also see take into one's confidence.
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