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Ways of telling or not telling secrets

(just) between you and me

used when you are telling someone something that you do not want anyone else to know about

mum’s the word

used for telling someone to keep something secret

my lips are sealed

used for saying that you will not tell a secret to anyone else

entre nous

adverb

used for telling someone that you do not want anyone else to know what you are about to say

never you mind

used for telling someone that you are not going to give them details or information about something

that would be telling

used for saying that you cannot give someone a piece of information because it is a secret

between you, me, and the gatepost

used for saying that you are telling someone a secret that they should not repeat to anyone

a little bird told me

used for saying that you are not going to say who told you something

(the) truth will out

used for saying that people will find out the truth about something, even if you try to keep it a secret

if these walls could talk

used for saying that many interesting things have happened in a room or building, although you do not know all the details

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

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