in confidence

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in confidence

In private; with the understanding that what was said will not be revealed. Sometimes used with the modifiers "strict" or "the strictest." I can't believe you told your husband about my operation—I told that to you in confidence! Gentlemen, please be aware that this meeting is being held in the strictest confidence.
See also: confidence

in confidence

Also, in strict confidence. Privately, on condition that what is said will not be revealed. For example, The doctor told her in confidence that her mother was terminally ill, or He told us in strict confidence that Gail was pregnant. This idiom was first recorded in 1632. Also see take into one's confidence.
See also: confidence
References in classic literature ?
I don't say she didn't warn me--speaking, you will please to understand, in the strictest confidence. 'Elizabeth,' she says, 'you know how wildly people talk in Miss Letitia's present condition.
'Would you permit me to shut the door, sir, and will you further, sir, give me your honour bright, that what passes between us is in the strictest confidence?'
"This is part of the evidence base for the Local Plan which will provide a blueprint for successful and thoroughly planned growth in Redcar and Cleveland," added the councillor The responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be public information.
Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence, say North Wales Police.
All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.
All information passed on to the commissioner will be treated in the strictest confidence and with the utmost sensitivity."
"We will investigate the claims in the strictest confidence to find out if there is any truth behind an allegation and if so gather the evidence to make a case."
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
This is your chance to tell us - in the strictest confidence of course - what you really think about your job; what it would take to make you leave; whether you feel you receive enough training; and what you really think about your boss.
This information is being treated in the strictest confidence and will be shared with the police."
Any conversations, at this stage, would be in the strictest confidence and for research purposes only.
"Any information is used in the strictest confidence to help the women involved.
Police said they would treat anyone who came forward in the strictest confidence. Call detectives on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"Anyone with information can be assured that it will be treated in the strictest confidence."