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confide (something) to (one)

To share some secret with one, usually with the understanding that one will not reveal it to anyone else. You can confide anything to me—I'm your best friend! This issue is just so embarrassing that I can't possibly confide it to anyone.
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confide in (one)

To share one's secrets with someone, usually a trusted person unlikely to divulge them. Of course you can confide in me—I'm your best friend! This issue is just so embarrassing that I can't possibly confide in anyone about it.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

confide in someone

to trust someone with one's secrets or personal matters. Sally always confided in her sister Ann. She didn't feel that she could confide in her mother.
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confide something in someone

 and confide something to someone
to tell a secret or private matter to someone, trusting that the person will not reveal the secret. I learned not to confide anything secret in Bob. Tom really needed to confide his inner fears to someone.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Our door is open to both Lilly's mum, or anyone else she may have confided in, to talk to us, and to know that they will be treated with compassion.
Mrs E said her friend confided in her during a conversation at the Black Bull pub close to the home Charlton shared with Mr O'Brien at Midgley, West Yorkshire.
Prod when talking about Helmsley's honesty, Harry confided that by being known as honest "It can leverage more and refinance sooner."
These letters also chart Toomer's evolving friendship with Frank and Munson: the former in whom Toomer confided his yearnings and ambitions as a writer deeply affected by the South, the latter in whom Toomer confided his deep awareness of Frank's influence as well as his effort to preserve the distinctive sound of his own emerging written voice.
These were concerns she once confided to James, but now, by her own decision, that door has been closed:
The injured Wahid Shah was shifted to DHQ hospital Daggar where he succumbed to injuries soon after recording his dying declaration to police, he confided. The police have recovered the dagger from the accused which according to the accused was used in murder, police continued.
Two of my close friends have recently confided in me that one is lesbian and the other bisexual, and I fully support them in their choices.
Vishnu and Shougat Dasgupta -- were the people to whom the victim had confided soon after she was sexually assaulted by Tejpal in a five- star hotel last month.
She confided in you once and I'm sure she knows she could again if need be.
London, Aug 22 (ANI): Mark Lester, the long-term friend of Michael Jackson, has said that the King of Pop confided in him about his "difficult" sex life.
Includes many moving personal stories from both the author and from those who have confided in him.
Despite a mountain of convincing circumstantial evidence, the only "proof" comes from the wife of a psychiatrist who claims Hoover once confided his homosexuality to her husband.
The plan will also allow HPD to offer the properties without going through the Uniform Land Use Review Process, confided Deborah Wright, Commissioner of HPD, who hoped the Council members would understand the wisdom of quick intervention.
However, no arrest had so far been made till our going to the press, Muharrar confided.