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keep quiet

1. To be quiet; to not make any noise. Often used as an imperative. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "quiet." Please keep quiet during the movie, kids. People are trying to listen. The only way I can keep my dog quiet when the mailman comes around is to give him a treat.
2. To force someone to stay silent or not divulge information. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "quiet." They offered me a ton of money to keep me quiet, but I'm still going to testify.
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keep quiet (about something)

To refuse to divulge any information (about something) to someone else. They offered me a ton of money to keep quiet, but I'm still going to testify at the trial. We all agreed to keep quiet about what we found that day.
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keep something quiet

 and keep something still
Fig. to keep something a secret. I'm quitting my job, but my boss doesn't know yet. Please keep it quiet. Okay. I'll keep it still
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keep quiet (about someone or something)

 and keep still (about someone or something)
to refrain from talking about someone or something; to keep a secret about someone or something. Please keep quiet about the missing money. Please keep still about it. All right. I'll keep still.
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keep quiet

Also, keep still.
1. Also, be quiet or still . Remain silent; same as hold one's tongue. For example, Please keep quiet about the party. Also see keep one's mouth shut.
2. Refrain from moving, stay in the same position; same as hold still. For example, The doctor gave the young boy a toy to keep him quiet while on the examining table, or It's hard for the baby to keep still unless he's sleeping. [Late 1300s]
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keep quiet about something

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keep something quiet

say nothing about something; keep something secret: I’ve decided to resign but I’d rather you kept quiet about it.
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A NORTHERN CLASSIC Let's keep quiet about the region's attractions - such as Bamburgh and the Northumberland coast - and perpetuate the myth that it's grim up North, writes Paul Easton.
BASKETBALL: Two former female employees of the Charlotte Hornets say owner George Shinn made unwanted sexual advances, then paid them to keep quiet about it.
Melissa Dear, of sexual health charity FPA, said some people keep quiet about STIs because they think it shows they have been playing away.
Michael is determined not to be marked a ``squealer,'' even though Rabbi Hirsch assures him, ``You keep quiet about some crime, it's just as bad as the crime.
16 - coincidentally, the same day his son was killed in Los Angeles - demanded $40 million for agreeing to keep quiet about her paternity claim.
Hooven quit the school board in February after Hazelton told a board committee that Hooven had urged him to keep quiet about the incident.