keep schtum

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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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I was asked the questions so many times I realised I should have kept shtoom and not mentioned I was going away at all.
My wife is, of course, a fairly newly appointed director of Newbury racecourse but, frankly, if I hadn't liked this stand I would have simply kept shtoom.
The Home Secretary Mr Jack Straw could have offered his sympathy for the fate of Mr Martin and openly deplored the scant justice for those who invaded his property, but he kept shtoom.