Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

in the strict(est) sense

Following the narrowest and most precise interpretation (of something). While not correct in the strictest sense, the word has been widely accepted among most English speakers. I wouldn't call her a socialist in the strict sense, but some of her beliefs definitely lean that way.
See also: sense

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 periodicals archive ?
Those who had a history of concussion or were diagnosed based only on postconcussive symptoms had a higher postconcussive symptom score on the 10th day after injury if assigned to strict rest.
The percentage of the strict religious group members who dropped out of religion completely and said their health was excellent fell to 20 percent.
RACE II randomized 614 patients with permanent atrial fibrillation at 33 Dutch medical centers to strict or lenient rate control via beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and/or digoxin.
Sadly, Zavodnyik pays scant attention to national economic policy, which the reviewer believes antebellum strict constructionists could claim as their greatest success.
1]exact, precise <the strict sense of a word>
But recently it was demonstrated that the strict morphology of the criterion of Tygerberg if correlates with the abortion taxes.
The County Counsel's Office has also questioned whether the county can legally stop BFI from taking trash from outside the county, but the supervisors have so far said they want the new permit to match the city's strict standards.
Islamic militias are stepping up their efforts to bring strict religious law to war-ravaged Somalia.
If there is one phrase that every student of constitutional law learns, it is that fundamental rights trigger strict scrutiny.
who was a loud voice during his four terms in office advocating strict gun control measures, reaped what he sowed when two youths held him at gunpoint in his apartment and robbed him.
CONTROVERSIAL artist Tracey Emin, left , who has had one abortion and no children, says: "I find myself being strict with my friends' teenager daughters: I am like the nasty auntie.
Most of these statutes impose strict liability on the owner of a dog that bites, without the need to prove negligence or that the dog has bitten someone before.
For taxpayers not meeting these strict requirements, a reduced exclusion may be available if safe harbors are met; CPAs should become familiar with these rules.
The fear instilled by 9/11 made the strict father frame especially compelling for Americans.