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    Default Urgent ! need one or more expressions

    Hello
    thanks for your very useful site. However, I didn't find what I am looking for. I need a sort of "old fashioned sentence" to promise someone to keep a secret or just to promise something and not revealing it and if you do you can be doomed. Thanks
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    Default Re: Urgent ! need one or more expressions

    We have 'cross my heart and hope to die', which is an expression used when promising something, or do you want the full archaic stuff like 'woe betide me should I reveal your secret'. Then again, you could just say 'your secret's safe with me', but that's not old-fashioned.

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    Default Re: Urgent ! need one or more expressions

    thank you
    I knew this one is that all there is
    in french we have wooden cross, iron cross if I lie I will go to hell
    can it be used or is it too french ?
    thanks again

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    Default Re: Urgent ! need one or more expressions

    Hello yaelle! Welcome to the forums!

    I don't know about the expressions being "too French", but I've never heard of them.

    I have to agree with tdol. "Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye" is very common, but I don't think old-fashioned.

    I like the poetic "woe betide me. . ." --that's definitely old-fashioned.

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