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privy to something

Fig. knowledgeable about something secret or private. The reporter became privy to the senator's evil plan. Why are you privy to this secret information?
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privy

n. an outdoor toilet; any toilet. Uncle Paul was out in the privy.
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But a senior Tory Government source claimed that under a side deal brokered with Chancellor George Osborne, Dundee East MP Hosie was set to join SNP Commons leader Angus Robertson, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon on the Queen's Privy Council.
But Mr Rogers, author of new Privy Council history By Royal Appointment, said: "No one has become a Privy Counsellor in this way just because they didn't want to go to the meeting.
The Daily Telegraph said the Privy Council - including the monarch - could agree to appoint him as a new member without him being present.
And his decision was later played down the decision, saying: "Although Jeremy was unavailable for today's meeting, he has confirmed he will be joining the Privy Council," the spokesman said .
A spokesman for the Labour chief said: "He's confirmed he'll be joining the Privy Council.
It seems that Churchill had a strong dislike of Butler because his reply was: "Tell The Lord Privy Seal that I'm sealed in the privy and I can only deal with one s*** at a time.
She added: "It is an honour and a privilege to have been appointed to the Privy Council by Her Majesty the Queen.
News of her appointment reached Ms McVey through a phone call from 10 Downing Street - almost as the new members to the Privy Council were being announced.
That could not have come at a worse time, as the Privy Council is about to decide on the future of Press regulation.
In the policy-making and administrative hierarchy of the Canadian government's bureaucracy, no position outranks that of the Clerk of the Privy Council.
It was a major achievement of the Quaid-i-Azam aimed at removing the 'disability and great hardship' that had been created by the decision of the Privy Council in the case of Abul Fata Mahomed Ishak and others v.
This lively narrative history of Benjamin Franklin's final few years in England before the Revolutionary War examines the Hutchinson Letters Affair, a defining moment in the worsening relations between Britain and the colonies, and Franklin's admission before the Privy Council that he was the source of the leaked documents.
The Deputy Speaker deferred the Rules of Acceding States (Abolition of Privy Purses and Privileges) Amendment Bill 2009 for further consultation.
PLAID Cymru Westminster leader Elfyn Llwyd is to become a member of the Privy Council.
The Privy Councils approval last Friday for the commission to be established follows the resignation of the former Attorney General, John Cauchi, because of what he termed government interference.