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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 the strict sense

also in the strictest sense
according to the most limited and exact meaning of a word or idea “Conservative” in the strict sense of the word is not a label that fits her. The novel is not tragic in the strictest sense, but it is certainly full of sadness.
Usage notes: usually used to say that someone or something does not have the characteristics of this limited meaning
See also: sense, strict

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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All information passed on to the commissioner will be treated in the strictest confidence and with the utmost sensitivity.
Speaking to Caterer Middle East about halal, Tikku said: "Every municipality checks the halal standards, and as a global multinational you design for the strictest rules in the region.
The West Bengal Government must immediately arrest the accused and ensure that they are given the strictest punishment possible," he said.
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In the INFOGEN business model, all patient-specific information remains the property of the subscribing patient and is kept in the strictest confidence.
What's interesting is that Braught expressed this affinity with nature--a Romantic endeavor in the strictest sense--in a thoroughly modern painterly language.
In the strictest lexical sense, most health care organizations and delivery systems.
Just to handle the Ebola virus, scientists must wear space suits and employ the strictest biohazard precautions.
Remind the client that the CPA will keep all the client's information in strictest confidence, and will not discuss it with the client's spouse or children without permission.
A new study shows that New York pays a very heavy price for having one of the strictest rent control laws in the country.
The certification process is extensive and demanding, and comes only with the strictest adherences to Microsoft's quality standards and guidelines.
For grades of steel with the strictest specifications, Jaffre said that iron alternatives such as HBI and DRI--often referred to as scrap substitutes--are preferred by melt shop managers.
Nevertheless, it has one of the strictest school drug-testing policies in the United States--so strict, in fact, that the Supreme Court will decide this spring whether it violates the Constitution.
Yet if we allow for Sol LeWitt's formulation that "the philosophy of the work is implicit in the work and is not an illustration of any system of philosophy," then, in the strictest sense, Balk's work is something other than classically Conceptual.