between you and me

British and Australian English
This page is about the conversational phrase between you and me


You can say this to someone when you're about to tell them a secret.

For example

  • Julia leaned over and whispered into my ear, "Between you and me, I think Lucas is really cute."

  • "Are you going to the wedding?"
    "Just between you and me, it think it might be off."

Also "between ourselves" and "between you, me and the gatepost"


This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If someone said "Between you and me" before telling you something, you should

a. tell everyone what they

b. forget everything they said

c. keep what they said to yourself

Contributor: Matt Errey