wall of silence

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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.
See also: of, silence, wall
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Police have met a wall of silence after a mass brawl in Fartown left one man with stab wounds.
``We spent in the region of pounds 1mor more last year having to deal with gun crime in a culture where the victims and witnesses involved put up a wall of silence and refuse to co-operate with our inquiries - making it even more difficult to catch the perpetrators.
Until recently women in the military who were sexually harassed faced a wall of silence like that confronting gays and lesbians, although for different reasons.