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(as) quiet as the grave

Totally silent, especially as produces an ominous or foreboding effect. I knew something was wrong when I walked into the meeting room and all the members of the board were quiet as the grave. I hate staying in my grandma's house. It gets as quiet as the grave at nighttime, and it really creeps me out.
See also: grave, quiet

so quiet you could hear a pin drop

Extremely quiet and still. After the boss's outburst, the meeting room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Waiting to see what happened next in the play, everyone in the audience stayed so quiet you could hear a pin drop.
See also: could, drop, hear, pin, quiet

all quiet on the Potomac

Nothing is happening right now. The phrase originated during the US Civil War and refers to the Potomac River. A: "Have you heard back from any of the schools you applied to yet?" B: "Nope. All quiet on the Potomac."
See also: all, on, quiet

all quiet on the Western Front

Nothing is happening right now. The phrase originated during World War I in reference to the major site of trench warfare. A: "Have you heard back from any of the schools you applied to yet?" B: "Nope. All quiet on the Western Front."
See also: all, front, on, quiet, western

be (as) quiet as a mouse

To be silent and meek. I just can't believe that Kate actually yelled at Mike—she's as quiet as a mouse! I always tell my young son that he needs to be quiet as a mouse during the church service.
See also: mouse, quiet

be quiet

A command to stop talking or making any noise. Often (but not exclusively) said as a harried imperative. Be quiet! Do you want them to hear us? Kids, please be quiet—your mother has a headache.
See also: quiet

(someone had) better keep quiet about it

(Someone had) better not say anything about a particular issue or situation. "Someone" can be used in the phrase itself, especially when the listener already knows who the speaker is talking about. A: "I think Jake knows that we doctored the numbers in that report." B: "Well, someone had better keep quiet about it then." Better keep quiet about it so that the boss doesn't suspect anything.
See also: better, keep, quiet

so still you could hear a pin drop

Extremely quiet and still. After the boss's outburst, the meeting room was so still you could hear a pin drop. Waiting to see what happened next in the play, everyone in the audience stayed so still you could hear a pin drop.
See also: could, drop, hear, pin, still

on the quiet

Confidentially; secretly; without anyone else knowing. Please keep this information on the quiet until we are ready to make a public announcement. It turns out he's been writing a romance novel on the quiet.
See also: on, quiet

keep quiet

1. To be quiet; to not make any noise. Often used as an imperative. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "quiet." Please keep quiet during the movie, kids. People are trying to listen. The only way I can keep my dog quiet when the mailman comes around is to give him a treat.
2. To force someone to stay silent or not divulge information. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "quiet." They offered me a ton of money to keep me quiet, but I'm still going to testify.
See also: keep, quiet

Be quiet!

Stop talking or making noise. (Regarded as a bit harsh or overbearing, but made polite with please.) Bill (entering the room): Hey, Tom! Tom: Please be quiet! I'm on the phone. Tom: Hey, Bill! Bill: Be quiet! You're too loud. Tom: Sorry.

Better keep still about it.

 and Someone had better keep still about it.; Better keep quiet about it.; Someone better keep quiet about it.
A particular person ought not to tell about or discuss something. (The someone can stand for any person's name, any pronoun, or even the word someone meaning "you-know-who." If there is no Someone had, the phrase is a mild admonition to keep quiet about something.) Mary: I saw you with Bill last night. Jane: You'd better keep quiet about it. Jane: Tom found out what you're giving Sally for her birthday. Bill: He had better keep quiet about it!
See also: better, keep, still

keep quiet (about someone or something)

 and keep still (about someone or something)
to refrain from talking about someone or something; to keep a secret about someone or something. Please keep quiet about the missing money. Please keep still about it. All right. I'll keep still.
See also: keep, quiet

keep something quiet

 and keep something still
Fig. to keep something a secret. I'm quitting my job, but my boss doesn't know yet. Please keep it quiet. Okay. I'll keep it still
See also: keep, quiet

Let's go somewhere where it's (more) quiet.

Let us continue our conversation where there is less noise or where we will not be disturbed. Tom: Hi, Mary. It's sure crowded here. Mary: Yes, let's go somewhere where it's quiet. Bill: We need to talk. Sally: Yes, we do. Let's go somewhere where it's more quiet.
See also: quiet, somewhere

*quiet as a (church) mouse and *quiet as the grave

very quiet. (*Also: as ~.) You'd better be as quiet as a mouse while Grandma takes her nap so you won't wake her up. This town is quiet as the grave now that the factories have closed.
See also: and, grave, mouse, quiet

quiet down

to become quiet; to become less noisy. Please quiet down. Ask them to quiet down.
See also: down, quiet

quiet (someone or an animal) down

to make someone or an animal more quiet. Please go and quiet the children down. Try to quiet down the children. Please quiet that dog down.
See also: down, quiet

so still you could hear a pin drop

 and so quiet you could hear a pin drop
Fig. very quiet. (Also with can.) When I came into the room, it was so still you could hear a pin drop. Then everyone shouted, "Happy birthday!" Please be quiet. Be so quiet you can hear a pin drop.
See also: could, drop, hear, pin, still

keep quiet

Also, keep still.
1. Also, be quiet or still . Remain silent; same as hold one's tongue. For example, Please keep quiet about the party. Also see keep one's mouth shut.
2. Refrain from moving, stay in the same position; same as hold still. For example, The doctor gave the young boy a toy to keep him quiet while on the examining table, or It's hard for the baby to keep still unless he's sleeping. [Late 1300s]
See also: keep, quiet

peace and quiet

Tranquillity and freedom from disturbance. This phrase's redundancy- quiet here does not mean "lack of sound" but "peacefulness"-gives added emphasis. It often is used in wishes for this condition, as in All I want is a little peace and quiet. [Mid-1800s]
See also: and, peace, quiet

quiet as a mouse

Also, still as a mouse. Silent, without noise, as in She sneaked into the house, quiet as a mouse, or When he heard the news he was still as a mouse. The first of these similes dates from the mid-1500s, the second from the 1300s.
See also: mouse, quiet

do anything for a quiet life

If you would do anything for a quiet life, you would do whatever is needed to avoid trouble or to stop people annoying you or asking you for things. I'll do anything for a quiet life, and so I never say `no' to friends and colleagues. Note: People sometimes just say anything for a quiet life to mean that they will agree to something. I said okay, I'd stay with her — anything for a quiet life.
See also: anything, life, quiet

quiet as a lamb

If someone is quiet as a lamb, they are very quiet, calm, or gentle. She's fine, quiet as a lamb. You really mustn't worry. As soon as the organ music began to play, Ellie went quiet as a lamb.
See also: lamb, quiet

quiet as a mouse

If someone is quiet as a mouse, they are very quiet or silent. During the day Mom was quiet as a mouse. She hardly said or did anything. We were quiet as mice, hiding in there.
See also: mouse, quiet

do anything for a quiet life

make any concession to avoid being disturbed.
See also: anything, life, quiet

quiet as a mouse (or lamb)

(of a person or animal) extremely quiet or docile.
1982 Robertson Davies The Rebel Angels I shall be as quiet as a mouse. I'll just tuck my box…in this corner, right out of your way.
See also: mouse, quiet

lovely and ˈwarm, ˈcold, ˈquiet, etc.

(British English, spoken) used when you are emphasizing that something is good because of the quality mentioned: It’s lovely and warm in here.
See also: and, lovely

peace and ˈquiet

a period of calm, silence, etc., especially after noise, stress, etc: Why don’t you all go and play outside? Your mother needs a bit of peace and quiet.
See also: and, peace, quiet

keep quiet about something

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keep something quiet

say nothing about something; keep something secret: I’ve decided to resign but I’d rather you kept quiet about it.
See also: keep, quiet, something

on the ˈquiet

(also on the q.t. old-fashioned) (informal) without telling anyone; secretly: Well, just on the quiet, she’s actually leaving her job next month. Don’t tell anyone, will you?Just remember that whatever I tell you is on the q.t.
Q.t. is an abbreviation of ‘quiet’.
See also: on, quiet

(as) quiet as a ˈmouse

(of a person) saying very little or making very little noise: He’s quiet as a mouse in class.Be as quiet as a mouse when you go upstairs — the baby’s asleep in our bedroom.
See also: mouse, quiet

quiet down

v.
1. To become less noisy or more relaxed; calm down: When the class quiets down, we can proceed. Quiet down now.
2. To cause someone or something to become less noisy or more relaxed: Please quiet down those children or you will have to leave. We need to quiet the dogs down.
See also: down, quiet
References in classic literature ?
Lady Lucas quieted her fears a little by starting the idea of his being gone to London only to get a large party for the ball; and a report soon followed, that Mr.
He was restless and uneasy, however; repeatedly expressing his fears that his leg would be so much swollen the next day, as to prevent his proceeding with the party; nor could he be quieted, until the captain gave a decided opinion favorable to his wishes.
Everything quieted down and the anchorage be- came still as death.
Supposing, however, that he would soon appear with some of the members of the household, I quieted my apprehensions, and waited patiently to see him advancing in company with the beautiful Fayaway.
She was an altered creature, quieted, stupefied, indifferent to everything that passed.
When she was quieted I whispered to the other dog, "You can lie on the foot of the bed.
But that false, cheating creature (I am sure she is robbing our Rita from morning to night), she talked to our Rita very low and quieted her down.