between you and me and the bedpost/gatepost/four walls/lamppost

between you, (and) me, and the bedpost

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, me, and the bedpost—she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me and the bedpost, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
See also: and, bedpost, between

between you, (and) me, and the gatepost

What is going to be or has been said should not be told to anyone else; between us. This phrase is usually said along with information that needs to be kept secret. Primarily heard in UK. I overheard the boss talking to her secretary last night and—just between you, me, and the gatepost—she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me and the gatepost, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
See also: and, between, gatepost

between you, (and) me, and the lamppost

In complete confidence between the speaker and the listener, as of a forthcoming secret or rumor. Now, this is between you, me, and the lamppost, but I'm thinking about filing for divorce. Between you and me and and the lamppost, I hear that they're going to lay off half the staff by the end of the week.
See also: and, between, lamppost

between you, (and) me, and these four walls

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, me, and these four walls—she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me and these four walls, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
See also: and, between, four, these, wall

between you, me, and the four walls

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, me, and the four walls—she's giving the promotion to George after all. Between you and me and the four walls, Stephanie is not as qualified for this job as she claims to be.
See also: and, between, four, wall
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between you and me and the bedpost/gatepost/four walls/lamppost

In strictest confidence. This elaboration of just between you and me is often followed by gossip about someone else. The bedpost version dates from the early nineteenth century and was used by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (Eugene Aram, 1832: “Between you and me and the bedpost, young master has quarrelled with old master”), Dickens, and others. The lamppost version may be a little older, but is not much heard anymore.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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