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on the hush

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. I need to tell you some important news, but you have to keep it on the hush, OK? Apparently it's on the hush, but I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon!
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on the hush-hush

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. I need to tell you some important news, but you have to keep it on the hush-hush, OK? Apparently it's on the hush-hush, but I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon!
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be on the hush

To be in a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; to be known only by a select few people. I need to tell you some important news, but it has to be on the hush for a while. This is on the hush, but I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon!
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be on the hush-hush

To be in a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; to be known only by a select few people. I need to tell you some important news, but it has to be on the hush-hush for a while. Apparently it's on the hush-hush, but I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon!
See also: on

keep (something) on the hush

To keep something in a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; to allow something to be known only by a select few people. I need to tell you something, but you have to keep it on the hush, OK? I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon, but I have to keep the news on the hush!
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keep (something) on the hush-hush

To keep something in a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; to allow something to be known only by a select few people. I need to tell you something, but you have to keep it on the hush-hush, OK? I just found out John and Tracey are getting married soon, but I have to keep the news on the hush-hush!
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hush fell over

A sudden silence occurred (among those present) in an otherwise noisy setting. A hush fell over the audience as the famous pianist took the stage.
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a hush fell over someone or something

Fig. a sudden silence enveloped something or a group. As the conductor raised his arms, a hush fell over the audience. The coach shouted and a hush fell over the locker room.
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hush money

Fig. money paid as a bribe to persuade someone to remain silent and not reveal certain information. Bob gave his younger sister hush money so that she wouldn't tell Jane that he had gone to the movies with Sue. The crooks paid Fred hush money to keep their whereabouts secret.
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hush someone up

 
1. to make someone quiet. Please hush the children up. I have a telephone call. Hush up those kids!
2. Sl. to kill someone. The gang was afraid the witness would testify and wanted to hush him up. Mr. Big told Sam to hush up Richard.
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hush something up

Fig. to keep something a secret; to try to stop a rumor from spreading. We just couldn't hush it up. We wanted to hush up the story, but there was no way to do it.
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hush up

to be quiet; to get quiet; to stop talking. You talk too much. Hush up! I want you to hush up and sit down!
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Hush your mouth!

Inf Please be quiet. (Not very polite.) I've heard enough of that talk. Hush your mouth! Now, hush your mouth! You shouldn't talk like that!
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hush somebody up

also hush up somebody
to not let someone talk about something She knew about the defects, and company officials tried to hush her up.
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hush something up

also hush up something
to not let something become known She could have died ten years ago, and the news was hushed up. They made a great effort to hush things up and maintain order.
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hush money

money that you pay someone to stop them telling anyone else about something that you want to keep secret His assistant had been paid hush money to stop him from speaking to the press.
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hush money

A bribe paid to keep something secret, as in No amount of hush money will keep that scandal from coming out. [c. 1700]
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hush up

Keep from public knowledge, suppress mention of. For example, They tried to hush up the damaging details. [First half of 1600s]
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hush up

v.
1. To stop talking; become quiet: The crowd hushed up as the speaker approached the podium. Hush up—you'll wake the baby!
2. To make someone stop talking or become quiet: The guards hushed up the prisoners. Please hush the kids up—I've got a headache.
3. To prevent something from being talked about; keep something from public knowledge: The government acted quickly to hush up the scandal. The editor hushed the news story up.
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hush money

n. money paid to buy someone’s silence. There was some hush money paid to someone in city hall.
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hush someone up

1. tv. to make someone be quiet. Please hush your baby up!
2. tv. to kill someone. Nobody knew how to get to Mr. Gutman to hush him up.
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hush something up

tv. to keep something a secret; to try to stop a rumor from spreading. We wanted to hush up the story, but there was no way to do it.
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hush-hush

(ˈhəʃˈhəʃ)
1. mod. secret; undercover. The matter is so hush-hush I can’t talk about it over the phone.
2. mod. secretly. They did it so hush-hush that no one knew for a long time.