Idiom:  Keep someone in the dark


Idiom:  keep someone in the dark

  • to not tell someone something or give them information they need

Example sentences

  • I wish my boss would stop keeping me in the dark and be clear about what I need to do for the project.
  • We were totally kept in the dark about how long it would to take to complete the renovation of our basement.
  • We feel it's best to keep our kids in the dark about my wife's breast cancer diagnosis until we better understand the situation.
  • My daughter kept us in the dark about her problems in her chemistry class until it was too late. It's a shame because we could have gotten her a tutor.
  • I think it's better to tell the client there may be a delay instead of keeping them in the dark about the production issue.
  • Why did you keep me in the dark about our finances? I trusted you and now we're going to have bad credit.
  • I'm really sorry that I kept you in the dark about my promotion but management thought it would create problems within the team.
  • I know it's not ideal to keep our staff in the dark but we need to be careful to not create panic that there will be massive layoffs at the company
  • My sister is keeping her husband in the dark about her pregnancy because she's afraid he might be disappointed. 


  • keep someone in the loop
  • keep someone up to date
  • keep someone posted

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