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break the silence

1. To make noise when it is otherwise silent. OK, I'll break the silence—what are we going to do to fix this problem? I was enjoying a jog when that car horn broke the silence and startled me.
2. To voice an opinion or comment on something after initially avoiding doing so. It took days, but the mayor has finally broken the silence on the scandal at city hall.
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break the silence

to make a noise interrupting a period of silence. The wind broke the silence by blowing the door closed.
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In a poignant video message, the First Minister said her own experience eight years ago would stay with her forever as she called for better support for bereaved families, "breaking the silence" around the issue.
Israeli based anti-occupation organization, Breaking the Silence, was refused entry to the Jewish settlement of Tel Rumeida in Hebron's Old City by soldiers stationed there, citing orders to deny access to the organization for an unspecified period of time.
During an interview with BBC HARDtalk last week, Avner Gvaryahu, executive director of Breaking the Silence, spoke about the organization's mission to collect testimonies from Israeli soldiers who witnessed the crimes of the military against the Palestinian people.
He is now the Program Coordinator of Breaking the Silence project which aims to encourage a change in attitudes towards FGM in communities where the practice is common.
The film month would be inaugurated on Friday by screening Chinese movie 'Breaking the Silence' here at Lecture Hall of PNCA.
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Marsha Barth is an inspirational speaker, author, and advocate for breaking the silence of the ongoing cycle of sexual abuse.
One of these groups, called Breaking the Silence, is particularly reviled among right-wing Israelis because it gathers anonymous testimonies from Israeli soldiers about their service in occupied territories, often highlighting hardships imposed on the Palestinians.
BREAKING THE SILENCE LIVE (Channel 4, Tuesday, 8pm) MANY TV programmes claim to give viewers the chance to witness a life-changing moment, but Breaking The Silence Live is a ground-breaking documentary that should more than live up to the hype.
BREAKING THE SILENCE LIVE Tue C4 8pm Imagine not hearing your children say 'I love you', being too deaf to do your job or playing a rousing piano concerto in total silence.
An Israeli University has effectively suspended an annual award given for Jewish-Arab understanding -- because it was granted to Breaking the Silence, an NGO that documents Israeli violations against Palestinians.
Jo, of Gateshead, called sharing the playlist with Lauren one of the highlights of her year, and now she will be returning to mark the launch of the paperback edition of her book, Breaking the Silence.
Nationalist student groups staged a counter protest at Tel Aviv University on Sunday night, demonstrating against the leftist organization Breaking the Silence which gathers unverified complaints of "war crimes" against the IDF.
(http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/) Breaking the Silence , a controversial group whose members are veterans of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), have reported alleged abuses of Palestinians that they either participated in themselves or witnessed, as noted by the Times of Israel.