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wall of silence

1. An unspoken policy of concealment by police regarding the wrongdoing or illicit activity of other officers. A variation on the phrase "blue wall of silence." I respect police, but it's hard to trust them completely when so many stories of the wall of silence come to light.
2. Constant silence, often due to unhappiness or secrecy. Ever since my husband found out that I lied to him, there's been a wall of silence between us. Mom can never know that I broke her vase, OK? There's a wall of silence, starting now.
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He had plunged out and into them through the wall of silence, and back through the wall of silence he had plunged, apparently the next instant, and into the roar and turmoil of the Tivoli.
a Police told me nobody wanted to speak out against Eddie PAL STEPHEN WARNER ON THE WALL OF SILENCE
His brother Billy and mum Kathy have made numerous public appeals for information but 14 years later the wall of silence remains in place.
Many young girls and women have engaged with us and broken the wall of silence and faced down harassment and reported harassers," the organization, "No to Violence," said in a statement.
TOTTENHAM'S players are baffled by the wall of silence at White Hart Lane over the future of manager Harry Redknapp.
Although the Catholic Church insists such horrors cannot happen on the same scale again, the wall of silence remains.
The DA BOYZ project, which had its first run in February 2009, explores both sides of the fence - the victim and perpetrator, and the effect that gang culture and the wall of silence is having on young people, families and communities.
The study, Breaking The Wall Of Silence, focused on 37 cases of trafficked children and spoke to 72 different children's professionals in three areas of England to assess how they responded to the victims of trafficking.
It focuses on the wall of silence that surrounds gun crime.
It is hoped the new cash incentive will break the wall of silence.
It is hoped the cash incentive will break the wall of silence.
The hostility of the liberal-left Big Media was not the only problem; the cowardice of the "conservatives" was equally, if not more, harmful to our effort to breach the wall of silence.
Northumbria Police investigating the brutal murder of Scott Pritchard in Hendon, Sunderland, on January 7 released CCTV pictures of five potential witnesses in a bid to break the wall of silence.
Commercial considerations are understood to have cost Pridham his job, but yesterday the committee maintained the wall of silence which has been in place since late on Friday, when a one-line statement revealed that he was no longer employed by the track.
Last night Det Sgt Chris Lees, one of the 30 detectives working on the Allen murder inquiry, issued a fresh appeal for information in a bid to break the wall of silence.