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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.
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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

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Genevieve shook her head with a motion of despair, raised her arm to heaven, looked at the carriage, uttering a long-drawn moan with every sign of the utmost terror; then she returned to her room silently.
Toby's animating 'come on' again sounded in my ears, and dreading to lose all confidence in myself if I remained meditating upon the step, I once more gazed down to assure myself of the relative bearing of the tree and my own position, and then closing my eyes and uttering one comprehensive ejaculation of prayer, I inclined myself over towards the abyss, and after one breathless instant fell with a crash into the tree, the branches snapping and cracking with my weight, as I sunk lower and lower among them, until I was stopped by coming in contact with a sturdy limb.
This old man in invincible despair, who wept, bent doubled without uttering a word, presented the most touching spectacle that D'Artagnan, in a life so filled with emotion, had ever met with.
On the Pratzen Heights, where he had fallen with the flagstaff in his hand, lay Prince Andrew Bolkonski bleeding profusely and unconsciously uttering a gentle, piteous, and childlike moan.
They led him from the platform to prevent him from uttering more heresy.
And they uttering their immortal voice, celebrate in song first of all the reverend race of the gods from the beginning, those whom Earth and wide Heaven begot, and the gods sprung of these, givers of good things.
And they, uttering through their lips a lovely voice, sing the laws of all and the goodly ways of the immortals, uttering their lovely voice.
The man followed to the chariot door, uttering the wildest imprecations and curses all the way; but as Mr.
I express regret over my comments I passed during a media talk and unconditionally apologies for uttering the remarks which led to cancellation of my licence for the law practice," said Awan's petition filed in the court on behalf of Raja Abdul Ghafoor Advocate-on-Record.
Anthony Allen was arraigned in Gardner District Court Wednesday on two counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act, uttering a false prescription obtained by fraud, conspiracy to violate drug laws and submitting a false health-care claim.
DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Syrian Interior Ministry on Wednesday announced that while some families were submitting written requests to visit their relatives arrested for different crimes, a number ofinstigators tried to exploit this event to call for demonstration through uttering some provocative slogans in al-Marja Square.
Uttering the word "Massachusetts" to this crowd was akin to speaking of Sodom, provoking titters, boos, and hisses from the crowd throughout the day.
Now they are "profane" That means that these "most offensive words in the English language" will "provoke violent resentment," and that uttering them on the public airwaves is as good as guaranteed to be punished.
Prime Minister Romano Prodi rebuked his ministers for uttering private opinions.
But now, having vacated Bond's shoes, Brosnan feels he's reaching another peak, uttering some very different words indeed: "The margaritas always taste better in Mexico--margaritas and cock.