Keep your mouth shut

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keep (one's) mouth shut

To not discuss or mention something. He needs to keep his mouth shut and stop telling our family secrets to everyone in town! A: "It wasn't my fault. Brian said—" B: "Keep your mouth shut, Chad!"
See also: keep, mouth, shut
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Keep your mouth shut (about someone or something).

Fig. Do not tell anyone about someone or something. Bob: Are you going to see the doctor? Mary: Yes, but keep your mouth shut about it. Bob: Isn't Tom's uncle in tax trouble? Jane: Yes, but keep your mouth shut about him.
See also: keep, mouth, shut
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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POLICE investigating a suspected cover-up of sex crimes by Sir Cyril Smith have appealed for information after a retired officer claimed he was told "keep your mouth shut" over the politician.
Witness M claimed he was later approached by another man and warned to "keep your mouth shut".
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Keep your mouth shut in the future or make sure you remember what is going to be done in the Premier League.
Unless you have been in the situation and had the experience, you should keep your mouth shut."
Considering Simon Cowell is thinking about dumping you, mate, perhaps you should keep your mouth shut.
Nothing wrong with that - but only if you keep your mouth shut.
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