break (one's) silence

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break (one's) silence

1. To voice one's opinion or comment on something after initially avoiding doing so. It took days, but the mayor has finally broken his silence on the scandal at city hall.
2. To address or publicize an issue that is not garnering attention. A noun is not used between "break" and "silence" in this usage. Our station broke silence on the mayor's scandal, and now even national news outlets are covering it!
See also: break, silence

break silence

to give information about a topic that no one was mentioning or discussing. The press finally broke silence on the question of the plagiarized editorial.
See also: break, silence