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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)
Translations of “on a need-to-know basis”
in Chinese (Simplified) 仅限于人们需要知道的东西…
in Chinese (Traditional) 僅談到別人需要知道的東西…
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