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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.
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.
And the Government pledged that all information will be treated in the strictest confidence - and whistleblowers will not be named.
All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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.
Anyone with information can be assured that it will be treated in the strictest confidence.
The names and addresses of participants and any other identifying information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Staff at the National Missing Persons help line are helping police to search for Mr Sumner and any information that is given to them is treated in the strictest confidence.
All information for the 24-week clinical governance review will be treated in the strictest confidence.
In the INFOGEN business model, all patient-specific information remains the property of the subscribing patient and is kept in the strictest confidence.
I did so in the understanding that it was in the strictest confidence.