breathe a word

breathe a word

to tell a secret If you breathe a word of this to anyone, the whole deal will fall apart.
Usage notes: often used in the form not breathe a word: We were warned not to breathe a word about the party.
See also: breathe, word

not breathe a word

to not tell people a secret Please tell me what happened. I promise I won't breathe a word.
See also: breathe, word
References in classic literature ?
Jim and I shall stick together in the meanwhile; you'll take Joyce and Hunter when you ride to Bristol, and from first to last, not one of us must breathe a word of what we've found.
Do not breathe a word nor make the least sign to me or Porthos," said D'Artagnan to Athos and Aramis, "that you recognize this man, for Milady is not dead; her soul lives in the body of this demon.
Polly clutched Fan at that, and held her tight, saying sternly, "If you ever breathe a word, drop a hint, look a look that will tell him or any one else about me, I 'll yes, as sure as my name is Mary Milton I 'll proclaim from the housetops that you like Ar " Polly got no further, for Fan's hand was on her mouth, and Fan's alarmed voice vehemently protested, "I won't
You think I dare not breathe a word for my own sake," he continued.