swear (one) to secrecy

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swear (one) to secrecy

To make one promise that they won't reveal something that they know about. The company swore me to secrecy before promoting me to work on their latest product. OK, I'll tell you, but I have to swear you to secrecy!
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swear somebody to ˈsecrecy

make somebody promise not to tell a secret: Before telling her what happened, I had sworn her to secrecy.Everyone was sworn to secrecy about what had happened.
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This is our house, not the White House and we must show we are a tight family." In that case, said Johnny, "We'll need to either keep the plan entirely from the kids, or tell them and swear them to secrecy but risk one of them letting the cat out of the bag."
Should I swear them to secrecy? I don't want anyone to think of me as a diseased girl.
If any woke during his assaults, he would pretend to be asleep or swear them to secrecy, said prosecutor Andrew Jackson.
Borley meets Football League officials in London and will swear them to secrecy when he reveals the name to them.