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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.
See also: keep, quiet

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]
See also: keep, quiet
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WORLD Cup fans could be given lollipops to keep them quiet when leaving pubs after big games.
And Beavon revealed: "The gaffer said before the game that the crowd here would get on their backs if we could keep them quiet and we did that.
We were able to keep them quiet back home in the Test series, and it's important for us to keep them quiet in this Test series as well," added McCullum.
au quoted clinical psychologist Michael Kirton as saying: "We are seeing six-year-olds being given bongs by their families to keep them quiet, stop them crying, or put them to sleep.
Rubber coating was also applied to the quick-snap buckles to keep them quiet.
Alex (United boss Sir Alex Ferguson) would tell them that there is only one way to keep them quiet and that is to put it in the back of the net.
The visitors are the league's top scorers, however, and with the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol enjoying excellent seasons to date, the hosts will need to keep them quiet if they are to have any chance of victory.
The hosts have failed to find the consistency to move them up the table, but three points here would provide a major boost to their aspirations of making it towards a possible play-off place at the end of the seasons, however, and with the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol enjoying excellent seasons to date, the hosts will need to keep them quiet it they are to have any chance of victory.
Now you can understand the Big Whatever being upset with Kobe for giving him up to Colorado detectives, telling officers Shaq had paid $1 million to women to keep them quiet after sexual encounters.
I read about recently how old people in homes are doped up most of the time to keep them quiet.
Pharmacology and psychiatry are easy routes for this sort of abuse of power; in the former Soviet Union, dissidents were often declared insane, then drugged and imprisoned in psychiatric hospitals to keep them quiet.
It is merely a trap for teachers, designed to keep them quiet in the face of a scheme that only masquerades as school improvement.
Crammed into tiny cages, their beaks bound to keep them quiet, more than half of these birds die from suffocation, stress and disease before reaching their destination.
THE Queen's horses are being doped with sedatives before Royal parades to keep them quiet, it was revealed last night.
Corporate America, it seems was determined to keep them quiet.