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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

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.
See also: and, between

between you, me and the bedpost


between you, me and the gatepost

If you say that something you say is between you, me and the bedpost or between you, me and the gatepost, you mean that the person you are talking to should not tell anyone else what you have said. Between you, me and the bedpost, I'd say he was completely confused. Between you, me and the gatepost, he'd be better off without her. Note: People also sometimes use fencepost instead of bedpost. That's my opinion, between you, me and the fencepost.
See also: and, bedpost, between

between you, me and the ˈgatepost

(British English, informal) used to show that what you are going to say next is a secret: Well, between you, me and the gatepost, I heard that she’s pregnant.
See also: and, between, gatepost

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.
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However, Gatepost doesn't have much to find with Power and may have come on a ton both physically and mentally since his York win last month so represents a value alternative to the favourite.
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The Mick Channon-trained colt, who carries a hefty scar on his off-hind leg after an altercation with a gatepost, earned quotes as short as 7-1 joint-favourite for the Coventry Stakes from Stan James after his two-and-a-half-length victory under Jamie Spencer.
Friendly rivalry: Jamie Spencer scores a decisive win on Gatepost in the two-year-old maiden leaving Luke Morris and Bayleyf (yellow) in his wake - but it was all smiles beforehand as Spencer (left) Morris (centre) and James Doyle share a joke on their way to the parade ring
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When the man of the house returned from the neighborhood pub, he was greeted at the gatepost by houseleeks.
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A simple way to fix this without having to reset the gatepost or rehang the gate is to securely nail two small poles or boards on either side of the latch hole on the gatepost.