break (one's) silence

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break (one's) silence

1. To voice one's opinion or comment on something after initially avoiding doing so. It took days, but the mayor has finally broken his silence on the scandal at city hall.
2. To address or publicize an issue that is not garnering attention. A noun is not used between "break" and "silence" in this usage. Our station broke silence on the mayor's scandal, and now even national news outlets are covering it!
See also: break, silence

break silence

to give information about a topic that no one was mentioning or discussing. The press finally broke silence on the question of the plagiarized editorial.
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ISLAMABAD -- Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's criticism of Imran Khan's decision to marry again apparently forced the otherwise secretive arch-rival to break his silence on the subject after days of speculation.
But the man himself has so far failed to break his silence or his cover, despite his lawyer insisting that Kerviel is not in hiding.