(to be) kept in the dark



Idiom Definition

"to be kept in the dark"

to deliberately not be informed about something

Idiom Definition - to be kept in the dark

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to be kept in the dark

Two young teenage boys, Victor and Bruce, are talking one day...

Victor:  So, you really didn't know until yesterday?

Bruce:   I had my suspicions.

Victor:  Why didn't your parents tell you that you were adopted.

Bruce:    I suppose they wanted to protect me until I was old enough to understand.

Victor:  Well, I guess that's a good enough reason to be kept in the dark.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to be kept in the dark

Residents who live on the outskirts of a residential neighborhood have been watching as some vacant land across the street has been developed.  The residents have not been able to discover what kind of building is going to be built.  As the building nears completion, finally a sign is posted announcing that the building is in fact a large strip mall.  The residents are very upset to have such a mall in their neighborhood.

The residents were purposefully kept in the dark about the building because the building company feared that there would be a lot of protest.





to be kept in the dark - Usage:

formal<-------------X--|--------------->informal



to be kept in the dark - Gerund Form:

Being kept in the dark can be frustrating if you need to make an important decision.


to be kept in the dark - Examples:

1)  I am kept in the dark when someone does not want me to know something.

2)  You are kept in the dark for your own good.

3)  He is kept in the dark by his employer so that he will not quit his job.

4)  She is kept in the dark because she does not have the necessary security clearance.

5)  The police department is kept in the dark to order to avoid racial profiling.

6)  We are purposefully kept in the dark because the government is afraid we will protest.

7)  You (all) are kept in the dark because if you (all) know the truth, you (all) will cause trouble.

8)  They are kept in the dark if someone is deliberately withholding information.

9)  The government is being kept in the dark because there is fear of a spy.

10)  Was he being kept in the dark all day yesterday?

11)  Had she been kept in the dark until the television set was turned on and the news was available?

12)  Had the public been kept in the dark until the threat has passed?

13)  Will he be kept in the dark until tomorrow's decision is made?

14)  Will the hospital will be kept in the dark until the outcome of the malpractice courts case is known?

15)  I found this quite surprising how much the general public is kept in the dark about this sort of thing.

16)  It is making no sense why everyone is kept in the dark with little to no media coverage.

17)  Most people are kept in the dark by their governments, one way or the other.

18) How were Obama and James Clapper supposedly kept in the dark until last week? 

19)  The electorate has to be infantilised, patronised, kept in the dark -- we're not mature enough to know how decisions are made.

20)  Why was the Senate Intelligence committee kept in the dark about the affair?