Meaning of “on a need-to-know basis” in the English Dictionary

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"on a need-to-know basis" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “on a need-to-know basis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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