in/out of the loop

in the loop

Informed and/or actively participating in something, such as an ongoing discussion or project, typically involving many people. Please keep Sarah in the loop so she can continue to advise us on the legal ramifications. I'm afraid I haven't been in the loop on this project. Can you bring me up to speed?
See also: loop

out of the loop

Not privy to the most up-to-date information. I'm sorry, what is this we're discussing? I'm a little out of the loop. They tried to keep the boss out of the loop about their scheme, but she found out about it anyway.
See also: loop, of, out
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in/out of the loop

Privy to information and included in making a decision, or not. The “loop” referred to is a group of persons among whom information circulates and who make decisions. Dating from the 1970s, these terms are frequently used in a business context. A New York Times headline about women not being included read “Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley” (April 19, 2010). Or, “He’s new to the job so please be sure to keep him in the loop.” An earlier synonym for the positive phrase is in the know, meaning privy to special information and dating from the late nineteenth century.
See also: loop, of, out
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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