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not utter a word

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). All the while our father was shouting at us, my sister and I didn't utter a word. Tom, don't you dare utter a word about this! I would die of embarrassment if anyone were to find out.
See also: not, utter, word

not open one's mouth

 and not utter a word
Fig. not to say anything at all; not to tell something (to anyone). Don't worry, I'll keep your secret. I won't even open my mouth. Have no fear. I won't utter a word.
See also: mouth, not, open

not open one's mouth

Also, shut one's mouth; not say or utter a word . Be silent, repress one's feelings or opinions, keep a secret. For example, Don't worry, I'm not going to open my mouth on this issue, or She promised not to say a word about it to anyone. Also see hold one's tongue; keep one's mouth shut.
See also: mouth, not, open

utter a word

See also: utter, word
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And thus is the sphere of reason both extended (to virtually all spaces of human experience) and limited (now, only certain things count as utterable "within the true").
It is in those parts of music which are not yet utterable.
In selecting the aspect of reality which is utterable, the writer ends up seeing the world as a book or a choral concert, which he must hear and recreate.
Chafe claims that in the derivation (moving from meaning to sound), there must be a conversion of semantic units into utterable phonetic elements -- what he calls a "symbolization of meaning", with semantics as the starting point in this process.
In context, the perverse fact is that Giovanni just may be the play's most honest figure, since he at least is true to an utterable desire.
General terms, however, entirely suffice to give expression to the one-time instantiables, which are therefore entirely utterable.
But, according to Hamburger, outside of fiction these verbs can be applied solely to the first person: they are only utterable on the basis of the subjective interiority they describe, since we only have access to our own interiority.
Words no less hypothetically utterable by Guilleragues' Mariane, by Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo,(24) by Penelope to Ulysse,(25) or, in fact, by Heloise to Abelard: