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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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Unlike strictness, for which there is some demand by Egyptians, the concept of fairness, or justice, constitutes a great dilemma.
Scores on the acceptance and strictness dimensions of the parenting style questionnaire (Lamborn, et al.
The high degree of warmth and involvement, coupled with the high degree of strictness and supervision characteristic of authoritative parenting may encourage children to identify with their parents, thereby facilitating the transmission of authoritative parents' prosocial values.
The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, said the swift action taken by Maehara underscores the contentious political divide in parliament, as well as the strictness of the donations law in Japan.
The Overall Strictness of Employment Protection index provides a measure of the overall strictness of the labor market in a country with respect to the processes and costs involved when firing workers or hiring temporary employees.
Work should be smooth and streamlined, beyond bureaucratic complications, entrenched red tape or excessive strictness," they said.
Any follower of the conference could not help but note with some surprise Egypt's strictness," he wrote.
Most decisions on annulments are made at the diocesan level, and degrees of strictness vary.
She plays the role of 'Batool' a Khaliji "Gulf country" girl who is very rich and who suffers from her older brother Khaled strictness and she tries to run away from him to gain her freedom.
Though we groused about their rules and strictness when I was a kid, there was never the whiff of any scandal from them.
The draft bill on consumer protection, adopted Wednesday by the People's National Assembly (Parliament), provides for the respect of consumer rights with more strictness in fighting fraud.
The strictness with which some violations that emerged in the recent past were dealt with, confirms the governmentCOs commitment to maintaining the highest global standards in fighting corruption.
Some of that strictness rubbed off on me and I retain that ethos, as did a lot of officers of my length of services.
But officials pointed to the strictness of the study; for example, just one tire found in a 30-yard or 30-ton load resulted in a failure.
In her team's analysis, obesity didn't track with children's behavior, gender, or race, nor did it correlate with the strictness or laxity of parental discipline.