take (someone) into (one's) confidence

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take (someone) into (one's) confidence

To tell someone information with the understanding that they will not reveal what was said. Daniel, we've taken you into our confidence to discuss the direction of the company, and where we see you fitting into it. You're the only person I've taken into my confidence about this, so please don't discuss it with anyone else.
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take someone into one's confidence

to trust someone with confidential information; to tell a secret to someone and trust the person to keep the secret. We are good friends, but I didn't feel I could take her into my confidence. I know something very important about Jean. Can I take you into my confidence?
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take into one's confidence

Trust someone with a secret, as in She took me into her confidence and admitted that she was quitting next month. This idiom uses confidence in the sense of "trust," a usage dating from the late 1500s.
See also: confidence, take

take somebody into your ˈconfidence

tell somebody your secret plans, problems, etc: She’s the only person I’ve taken into my confidence about it.
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KARACHI -- Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah chaired a meeting with the parliamentary leaders of different political parties in the Sindh Assembly and he took them into confidence on the proposed 'Sindh Accountability Bill 2017'.
ISLAMABAD -- Secretary Foreign Affairs Aizaz Chaudhry on Thursday met ambassadors of friendly countries and took them into confidence over prevailed situation after the recent drone attack.
Sources informed that the PM contacted all three leaders personally and took them into confidence regarding the prevailing political situation and requested their cooperation and support in maintaining law and order in Karachi.
Before making the decision, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani had contacted Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain and Awami National Party (ANP) Chief Asfandyar Wali and took them into confidence.
The Prime Minister had met with President Asif Ali Zardari besides other political parties and took them into confidence prior to the issuance of notification on the formation of the commission.
By ISLAMABAD, November 16, 2010 (Frontier Star): MQM and ANP have expressed their reservations on nomination of four members in respect of parliamentary committee constituted for appointment of judge saying that neither the government consulted them nor took them into confidence in respect of these nominations.
Later the two leaders talked to mediamen and Maulana Fazlur Rehman said he appreciated that the Prime Minister came and took them into confidence on national issues.
By ISLAMABAD, November 16, 2010 (Frontier Star): Vibrant JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman on Tuesday expressed his sheer resentment on nomination of four members in respect of parliamentary committee constituted for appointment of judges urging that neither the government consulted them nor took them into confidence in this regard.
Sources went on to say the President discussed constitutional amendment with senior Party leaders including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and took them into confidence over revoking of 17th amendment.