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keep schtum

To remain silent; to not say anything. (Used especially when by saying something, especially at the wrong time, one would cause trouble or difficulty for him- or herself.) Primarily heard in UK. It's better to just keep schtum when the boss starts flinging accusations than risk further incensing him.
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But I think I prefer the traditional way when the celebs keep shtum and we journalists do our best to winkle out their guilty secrets - all in the public interest, of course.
Debbie asks Donna and Ross over their relationship, and they ask her to keep shtum.
IAlas, rather horrendously ( for a great big show-off like me, at least) I had been sworn to secrecy by ITV so was forced to keep shtum.
e best thing she's done while being Queen is keep shtum on the happenings of the world - none of us have any clue on what she thinks about the great events of our time.
WE'RE Not Singing, We're Not Singing, We're Not Singing Any More, Weee're Not Siiing-ing Any More" - one fan's twist on an old favourite after supporters at the Riverside Stadium were asked to keep shtum during games.
Nothing makes a company keep shtum as much as knowing that hordes of corporate lawyers are poring over its books.
Alas, rather horrendously (for a great big show-off like me, at least) I had been sworn to secrecy by ITV, so was forced to keep shtum.
But if I and my hyperactive 12-year-old could manage to keep shtum during some of the more, let me say, challenging passages in the concert, then what could explain the behaviour of the three middle- aged women right behind us?
What we need is politicians like Mandy who keep shtum about their own sex lives and everybody else's.
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