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English definition of “on a need-to-know basis”

on a need-to-know basis

If you tell people something on a need-to-know basis, you only tell them the facts they need to know at the time they need to know them, and nothing more.Essential or necessary
(Definition of on a need-to-know basis from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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