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in the strict(est) sense

Following the narrowest and most precise interpretation (of something). While not correct in the strictest sense, the word has been widely accepted among most English speakers. I wouldn't call her a socialist in the strict sense, but some of her beliefs definitely lean that way.
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in confidence

In private; with the understanding that what was said will not be revealed. (Sometimes used with the modifiers "strict" or "the strictest.") I can't believe you told your husband about my operation—I told that to you in confidence! Gentlemen, please be aware that this meeting is being held in the strictest confidence.
See also: confidence

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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Oman is a beautiful country but to take this to a higher level, imposing stricter fines for spitting and littering will be good.
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As support for stricter laws regulating the sale of guns has dwindled, the percentage of Americans who say handguns should be banned has remained low.
Friday's shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which left 20 children and six teachers dead, has led to renewed calls across the United States for stricter gun laws.
Nakaima also expressed anger that such an incident occurred only a few months after the United States promised to enforce stricter discipline following the arrest in August of a U.
I'm the stricter one out of me and Coleen," he said.
While solidly against a ban on handgun possession, Americans are nonetheless about equally likely to say they favor stricter laws on firearm sales as to say these laws should not change.
At present, the Japanese authorities are using stricter standards to judge the radioactivity of food, whether exported or consumed on Japanese territory.
Germany is said to be opposed to a strict stress test even though regulators have said that they would make EU stress tests on banks stricter.
Why don't they stop paying it abroad or introduce stricter rules, including making the claimant come to the UK for a medical review?
Japan's second-largest banking group, plans to raise around 800 billion yen to 1 trillion yen by issuing common shares to brace for stricter global capital requirements, sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday.
Stricter EuroNCAP testing criteria were introduced at the beginning of 2009, and the Golf performed impressively in all four categories: Occupant protection of adults, protection of children, pedestrian protection and supporting safety and driver assistance systems," stated Stefan Mecha, managing director of Volkswagen Middle East.
The consultants also recommend a stricter VOC limit value for solid-based interior decorative paints of 130 grams per liter.
Bush was president, the administration prevented California and 12 other states from issuing stricter fuel-emission standards for automobiles than the national level.
The cooperation pact, which had been defined in 2003 by the governments of the two countries, also provides for stricter supervision of financial transactions.