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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."
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mum's the word

Say nothing of the secret you know: Mum's the word on the surprise party.
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She said: "Not only is she a mum, she is a best friend - always there for advice, encouragement or just a friendly chat.
The common mum thrives in Southern California climates.
While the price of the first mold using the MUMS approach is comparable to that of a conventional stack mold, according to Von Holdt, the cost (and delivery time) of subsequent molds is only about 25% of an entire stack mold since only a core-and-cavity set need be purchased.
P&G is calling on the nation to tell their mums how much they appreciate them and be in with a chance of winning their mum the gift of a lifetime; family tickets to selected events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The top parenting critic for mums was the mother-in-law, thought by over a quarter (26%) of respondents to be the most judgemental than any other social group.
MUMS who revel in make-up should be inspired to work their cosmetic magic with Jemma Kidd's Quintessential Brush Set, pounds 20.
The site was designed to provide a solution to the many challenges mums face including trying to stay social as a busy parent, maintaining work-life balance and raising kids as a single parent.
Lots of you got in touch explaining what it is that makes your mum one in a million.
LAST week we appealed for you to send us your selfies with your mum in honour of Mother's Day.
Recipes from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook by Si King and Dave Myers, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, hardback PS20, eBook PS10.
Eleanor's classmates Jacob Hare, four, and Fraser Owen, five, agreed that their mums are "beautiful," while five-year-old Edward Smeath said he loves his mum for a simple reason - because she makes him happy.
She was a KIDS Jones C stay-at-home mum and a wonderful cook - she's the one person I really want to impress.
According to a survey last year done by Netmums, one in 10 mums hate doing the school run with a fifth saying parents are bullied at the school gates.
It's not just news of the birth that appears on the pages of Facebook; for many mums, every stage of the pregnancy is posted as well.
Having been up all night playing online roulette, Feral Mum rolls out of bed, slings a cardi over her nightclothes and slips on Ugg-type boots, worn badly on the inside heels because she shuffles rather than walks to school.