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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.
See also: keep, schtum

keep ˈschtum/ˈshtum

(British English, informal) say nothing: I think we’d better keep schtum about this money, don’t you? OPPOSITE: open your (big) mouth Shtum is a Yiddish word from the German stumm, meaning ‘silent’.
See also: keep, schtum, shtum
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The most I feel a bit queasy about part of the foreign aid budget powerful reason for keeping shtoom is I have no idea how being redirected from the poorest in the world to those with the pluck and push to get themselves into the UK.
My advice to Mr Blair is to keep shtoom lest people think he's a bitter former Prime Minister.
With your attitude I would suggest you stay shtoom.
He bowls in to Dalton's office and demands pounds 20,000 to keep shtoom about Jack's part in Tony's original crime.
If she either puts off having sex until it's legally allowed or makes sure she's both sober and protected, you'll keep shtoom.
My wife is, of course, a fairly newly appointed director of Newbury racecourse but, frankly, if I hadn't liked this stand I would have simply kept shtoom.
Even at the age of 16, I realised that if you stayed shtoom and kept your eyes beamed downwards you got a reputation for being a nice, polite boy.
He stayed shtoom but I shouted that they were out there and so they were.
Quite what he has planned for Sunday remains a mystery - he and his staff have signed an agreement to keep shtoom on the matter - but yellow roses may well feature as lovestruck David has been sending a single one to Victoria every day since they met.
Unsurprisingly, NTL's keeping shtoom and emails to the HR woman who sent the offending email keep bouncing back.