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everyone and their mum

A large number or a majority of people. Used hyperbolically. Primarily heard in UK. I don't really want to get an iPhone. Everyone and their mum has one these days.
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everybody and his mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everybody and his mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
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everybody and their mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everybody and their mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
See also: and, everybody, mum

everyone and his mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everyone and his mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
See also: and, everyone, mum

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). Make sure you kids keep mum in there or you're both grounded! You have to keep mum about Dave's retirement party—we want it to be a surprise.
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Mum's the word.

Fig. a pledge not to reveal a secret or to tell about something or someone. "Mum's the word," said Jane to ease Mary's mind about her secret.
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mum's the word

do not tell anyone I don't want to spoil the surprise for Tim, so please tell everyone that mum's the word.
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Mum's the word.

  (informal)
something that you say which means something should be kept secret I think I'm pregnant, but mum's the word until I know for sure.
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mum's the word

Say nothing about this, it's a secret, as in Mum's the word on tonight's surprise party. This expression dates from about 1700, but mum, meaning "silence," is much older. In 2 Henry VI (1:2) Shakespeare wrote, "Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum."
See also: word

mum's the word

Say nothing of the secret you know: Mum's the word on the surprise party.
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Whereas I used to buy underwear in La Senza and clothes in Topshop, now my first port of call is Marks & Spencer - the shop I loathed Mum dragging me round as a child and teenager and, until I hit my thirties, wouldn't have entertained stepping foot in.
My old mum likes the simple things in life, being with family, friends and watching Coronation Street.
To show your mum how much you value every little thing she does for you, nominate her in our Mum of the Year competition.
Yet four out of 10 younger mums still rely on their own mum to help them do things such as cook a casserole and bake bread because they've never learned how to do it themselves.
All mums that are in the Mum & Baby club that are approaching weaning will be sent one in the post.
But imagine if your mum, the woman who is supposed to protect and nurture you, is in prison.
LONDON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- This week sees the launch of Mum.