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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.
See also: and, everyone, mum

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.
See also: and, everybody, mum

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.
See also: keep, mum

mum's the word

A request or pledge to keep something a secret. Now, I don't want anyone to know that I'm pregnant yet, so mum's the word. Your secret is safe with me. Mum's the word.
See also: word

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

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

keep mum

remain silent about something; not reveal a secret. informal
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mum's the word

say nothing; don't reveal a secret. informal
In both of these idioms, mum stands for an inarticulate sound made with pursed lips indicating either unwillingness or inability to speak.
1991 Atlantic City Mum's the word on who will play the major figures in this tale of woe.
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keep ˈmum

(informal) say nothing about a secret; stay silent: I just kept mum when she asked me where Ben was. She’d be furious if she knew.Please will everyone keep mum about Saturday. We want to give them a real surprise. OPPOSITE: blow the gaff (on somebody/something)
See also: keep, mum

ˌmum’s the ˈword!

(informal) used for telling somebody to keep a secret or for telling somebody that you will keep a secret: ‘Nobody must mention this project outside the office. I hope that’s clear.’ ‘We understand, John. Mum’s the word!’
These two idioms refer to the sound you make when your mouth is closed.

mum's the word

Say nothing of the secret you know: Mum's the word on the surprise party.
See also: word
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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.