between you and me
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(just) between you and me
What is going to be or has been said should not be told to anyone else. This phrase is usually said along with information that needs to be kept secret. I overheard the boss talking to her secretary last night and, just between you and me, she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
between (someone or something) and (someone or something else)
1. Of a choice, restricted to two available people, things, actions, etc. We have to choose between the candidate with the most experience and the one with the most qualifications. It looks like I'll have to pick between sleeping and finishing this research paper tonight.
2. Of a communication, existing or intended to remain solely between two parties. Between you and me, I heard that Greg is going to get the promotion. Yeah, the rumor is true, but let's keep that between me and you.
3. Of an interaction, reciprocally involving or concerning the two parties named. At lunchtime, a fight broke out between Scott and the school bully.
4. Indicating the negative cumulative impact or effect of two people or things. Between the stress of work and the demands of my kids at home, I just feel like I don't have anything left for myself at the end of the day.
between you and me
Also, between ourselves; just between you and me and the bedpost or four walls or gatepost or lamppost . In strict confidence. For example, Just between you and me, it was Janet who proposed to Bill rather than vice versa. This phrase, dating from about 1300, is generally followed by some informative statement that the listener is being asked to keep secret. The variant with bedpost, also shortened to post, dates from the early 1800s; four walls, also shortened to the wall, dates from the early 1900s, as does the gatepost.