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Ways of telling or not telling secrets - thesaurus

Synonyms

(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

Britishinformal 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

spoken formal 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

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be/have nothing to do with someone

used for saying that something is personal and private and there is no reason for anyone else to know about it

keep your nose out

used for telling someone that you do not want them to know about things that are private

keep your trap shut

used for telling someone rudely to keep something secret

whoops

interjection

used when you realize that you have just said something that should have remained a secret or that may upset someone

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