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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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References in classic literature ?
The Distinguished Naturalist made no immediate reply, but later, as in the shades of night they journeyed through the desolate vastness of the Great Lone Land, he broke the silence:
"The maid you seek," said she, and again she broke the silence like the moon breaking through the clouds, "what manner of maid is she?
Wingrave broke the silence which followed a little abruptly.
Monsieur Stangerson broke the silence. He declared that, henceforth, he would no more absent himself from his daughter's apartments.
Nothing occurred during the night to disturb the slumberers, although occasional growls front panthers and chatterings of monkeys broke the silence; the more formidable beasts made no cries or hostile demonstration against the occupants of the bungalow.
At length Milady could hold out no longer; she broke the silence. "In the name of heaven, sir," cried she, "what means all that is passing?
The four moved on together as before, till Marian broke the silence by saying--
All was perfectly quiet, not a sound broke the silence of the night; one solitary light, that of the housekeeper, was burning in the house.
A couple of hours after the former PM's media talk, Mr Khan broke the silence with six tweets.
Archbishop Peers, who presides as chair, broke the silence, noting that he has "heard these speeches and many like them over the years," said the house of bishops "is not a court" and should not wait "for the Archbishop of Canterbury or some deus ex machina to solve things."
The only sound which broke the silence was when the newspaper reader, after sucking all the nourishment out of one page, turned over to the next, like a large bumble bee.