break the silence


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break the silence

to make a noise interrupting a period of silence. The wind broke the silence by blowing the door closed.
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Estella was the next to break the silence that ensued between us.
said Turovtsin, warmed up by the champagne he had drunk, and long waiting for an opportunity to break the silence that had weighed on him.
It was a day so brimful of quiet joy that the two friends lay flat on their backs gazing up at the scurrying clouds, and neither caring to break the silence.
I did not venture to break the silence which fell between us.
Going down in the lift, Natalia Haldin did not break the silence.
from there altogether," she began, to break the silence in some way, but, poor girl, that was just what she ought not to have spoken about at such a stupid moment to a man so stupid as I was.
Mousqueton collected a store of crusts; Bazin, who had always been inclined to devotion, never quit the churches; Planchet watched the flight of flies; and Grimaud, whom the general distress could not induce to break the silence imposed by his master, heaved sighs enough to soften the stones.
But," said Villefort, who was the first to break the silence, "I consider that I am the best judge of the propriety of the marriage in question.
Cosmopolitan last year launched its 'Please Tell Someone' campaign to encourage women to break the silence surrounding rape.
BEIRUT: Civil society groups, lawyers and the government must work together to break the silence surrounding domestic violence, a leading Arab-American social worker said Friday.
And, we are very excited to have the support of both Eva La Rue and PureOlogy at our national walk -- a new, signature event for our Break the Silence educational campaign.
Williams (above) was raising the profile of Unicef's Break The Silence campaign which aims to raise the profile of HIV/Aids.
It is, therefore, with a deep sense of moral urgency that we call on you, our nation's political leaders, to break the silence.
There are many ways to break the silence that Pat Williams worries about.
In tackling this taboo subject, Powell situates herself with other women writers from the English-speaking Caribbean who break the silence on the social ills that oppress women and isolate them from a supportive community.