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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 few of them could match the cynicism of the Chancellor, who threw out a few pre-election bribes while keeping schtum on the post-election pain to come.
No surprises there - keeping schtum isn't really Mr Gobby's style
Stuttgart boss Huub Stevens is keeping schtum as the club look to scrap their way out of a relegation battle.
Pam, 66, is keeping schtum about how things pan out, but said: "It has been traumatic to play.
Eventually, with the prying pair still keeping schtum, it took a diplomatic gesture from a Villa official to resolve the dispute.
net, the actress-director team are keeping schtum about the details of the project, as a big surprise is in store for their fans.
Because while I'm sorry these women were bullied into keeping schtum so as not to embarrass the party, the fact is the party NEEDED embarrassing.
In fact, as history has often demonstrated, there is no greater defence against rogue words which shoot forth from the fire of ire or ridiculous sentences which burst their way out of a heart filled with zeal than the trusty shield of keeping schtum.
London, May 9 ( ANI ): Johnny Depp, usually is open about his off-screen life, is keeping schtum on his supposed split with French lover of 14 years Vanessa Paradis, in case their kids Lily-Rose and Jack read about it online.
But sometimes it's about keeping schtum until the timing is right; give it until tomorrow.
Alex Salmond has desperately attempted to come across as whiter than white by keeping schtum and resorting to his default position of blaming Westminster.
Snax 24 is keeping schtum on reports that it is part of a consortium bidding for Total UK and Murco.
The Tories also refuse to utter the "C" word and use the simple expedient of keeping schtum and saying nothing.
He, on the other hand, can trust his mates because they are thriving on keeping schtum - they're enjoying the vicarious pleasure of experiencing, by proxy, their friend having his cake and eating it.
Our greatest middle-distance Olympian (right) is not prepared to give an inch off the track, even allowing for the negative criticism he got for keeping schtum about his failure to head north.