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To "keep [someone] in the loop" – Phrase of the week

Written by the Bell Team

This week we explain the phrase "to "keep [someone] in the loop". 

This is often heard in conversational English, particularly within the workplace.


To “keep [someone] in the loop”    


  • You can take charge of the project, just keep me in the loop

  • How can you expect me to understand why you’re behaving like this if you don’t keep me in the loop!

  • Don’t forget to keep Jane in the loop, as she will need to report back to the rest of the team


  • To keep someone informed of any major decisions


  • The phrase is mainly used in conversational English

  • It is often used as a request but can also be a rebuke when someone hasn’t kept you informed as they should have done

That’s interesting!   

  • A loop is a circuit, doubling back on itself to make a continuous circle. Information passes around this loop, going through all who are in the loop.

  • Think of it like the circle of trust in the film ‘Meet the Fockers”!

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