break the silence


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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.
See also: break, silence

break the silence

to make a noise interrupting a period of silence. The wind broke the silence by blowing the door closed.
See also: break, silence
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The journey has not been easy, but with hope, Abdulkadir sees a near future where religious leaders (both imams and pastors) will also take up the campaign to break the silence on FGM.
Cosmopolitan last year launched its 'Please Tell Someone' campaign to encourage women to break the silence surrounding rape.
BEIRUT: Civil society groups, lawyers and the government must work together to break the silence surrounding domestic violence, a leading Arab-American social worker said Friday.
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Stone paths beckon you to covered gates and graceful bridges, with only the tap of woodpeckers and the distant rake of gardeners to break the silence.
Thus, we should treat each other with mutual care and respect, regardless of social status, faith, gender or life style," he said: "We are striving to break the silence and emphasize that God does not discriminate between those who are HIV positive and those who are HIV negative.
He's become a kind of poster boy for a gay rights movement that just seven years ago was virtually nonexistent, and he hopes his battle will demonstrate the power of one voice to break the silence that breeds discrimination.
This was part of a mural project called Break the Silence.
I'm going to break the silence primarily because the employers have already broken it.
The United Nations also set up an email discussion list, Break the Silence, for organizations and individuals throughout the world to have their voices heard during the preparation for the Special Session.
Williams (above) was raising the profile of Unicef's Break The Silence campaign which aims to raise the profile of HIV/Aids.
It is, therefore, with a deep sense of moral urgency that we call on you, our nation's political leaders, to break the silence.
There are many ways to break the silence that Pat Williams worries about.
In tackling this taboo subject, Powell situates herself with other women writers from the English-speaking Caribbean who break the silence on the social ills that oppress women and isolate them from a supportive community.