breathe a word

(not) breathe a word

To share information that is supposed to be kept secret. Often used in the negative to encourage silence. And if you breathe a word of this to the cops, we'll come after you. I was told not to breathe a word, but I knew I had to tell someone about such serious allegations.
See also: breathe, word

(not) breathe a ˈword (about/of something) (to somebody)

(not) tell somebody something, especially something secret: Please don’t breathe a word of this to anyone.
See also: breathe, word
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4 : [sup.1]say 1, utter <Don't breathe a word of this.>