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take (someone) into (one's) confidence
To tell someone information with the understanding that he or she will not reveal what was said. Daniel, we've taken you into our confidence to discuss the direction of the company, and where we see you fitting into it. You're the only person I've taken into my confidence about this, so please don't discuss it with anyone else.
take someone into one's confidence
to trust someone with confidential information; to tell a secret to someone and trust the person to keep the secret. We are good friends, but I didn't feel I could take her into my confidence. I know something very important about Jean. Can I take you into my confidence?
take into one's confidence
Trust someone with a secret, as in She took me into her confidence and admitted that she was quitting next month. This idiom uses confidence in the sense of "trust," a usage dating from the late 1500s.