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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When the stores introduced those larger models, I kept shtum because I am a wimp and so many of the commentators who reacted in the media seemed to think they were a great idea.
Currie's protests, on the eve of the party conference, that she had kept shtum for so long to limit political fallout will ring hollow in the ears of Iain Duncan Smith's cronies.