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(as) silent 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 silent as the grave. I hate staying in my grandma's house. It gets as silent as the grave at nighttime, and it really creeps me out.
See also: grave, silent

silent partner

Someone who is closely associated or involved with a business or corporation, typically through financial investment, so as to share in its risks and rewards without participating in its day-to-day operations and management. Primarily heard in US. Dave's father agreed to be a silent partner when we started our company, leaving us to run it once it was set up. In an attempt to crack down on corruption, federal investigators have begun looking into various silent partners that might be financing the drug trade throughout the country.
See also: partner, silent

*silent as the dead

 and *silent as the grave
completely silent. (Has ominous connotations because of the reference to death. Usually used to promise someone that you will be silent and therefore not betray a secret. *Also: as ~.) I knew something was wrong as soon as I entered the classroom; everyone was silent as the dead. Jessica is as silent as the grave on the subject of her first marriage. If you tell me what Katy said about me, I promise to be as silent as the grave.
See also: dead, silent

the strong, silent type

a strong, quiet man. Clark looks like the strong, silent type. Actually he is slightly deaf and that's fat, not muscle.
See also: silent, type

sleeping partner

  (British) also silent partner (American & Australian)
someone who is closely involved with a company, and often provides money for it, but is not a manager of it He was an extremely wealthy man, and she was hoping he might become a sleeping partner in their new vineyards.
See also: partner, sleep

be as silent as the grave

  (literary)
to be completely silent It was four o'clock in the morning and London was as silent as the grave.
See also: grave, silent

the silent majority

the large numbers of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly What does the silent majority expect from a new Labour government?
See sleeping partner
See also: majority, silent

silent majority

A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
See also: majority, silent

strong silent type

A man of action who is reserved and masks his feelings. For example, Paula always preferred the strong silent type to more extroverted men. Almost never used for a woman, this expression may be obsolescent. [c. 1900]
See also: silent, strong, type

silent but deadly

and SBD
mod. [pertaining to a release of intestinal gas] soundless but smelling horribly. Who floated that SBD air biscuit?
See also: but, deadly, silent
References in classic literature ?
Now a bell struck on the bridge, and they heard the lapping of water as it rippled away on either side, and once a bird startled in its sleep creaked, flew on to the next tree, and was silent again.
The stout man, ceasing to be silent, became interrogative.
She was silent for a few moments, with her eyes fixed on the ground; then she drew a deep breath, and said, looking up at him with solemn sadness,--
The old man showed by his face that he plainly understood the cause of my hesitation, but he merely signed to me with an inclination of the head to pass out of the room before him, and remained silent.
I passed and repassed the house, and stopped and listened at the door; all was dark, and silent as the grave.
I had ever before me the old dark murky rooms--the gaunt suits of mail with their ghostly silent air--the faces all awry, grinning from wood and stone--the dust and rust and worm that lives in wood--and alone in the midst of all this lumber and decay and ugly age, the beautiful child in her gentle slumber, smiling through her light and sunny dreams.
They've gone for him," Katerina Ivanovna shouted to him, he obeyed her shout and was silent.
Be silent," Katerina Ivanovna cried irritably, "you know why she is barefooted.
And the sick man was silent, but at the same instant his wandering eyes strayed to the doorway and he saw Sonia.
Halfway down the staircase he was overtaken by the priest on his way home; Raskolnikov let him pass, exchanging a silent greeting with him.
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