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conspiracy of silence

An agreement, either explicit or unspoken, among members of a group to keep secret certain information that, if exposed, could be damaging to the group, its interests, or its associates. Knowing that public knowledge of their imminent takeover by the rival company could jeopardize their continued employment thereafter, the board of directors agreed to a strict conspiracy of silence until the deal was finalized. The doctors in the hospital were engaged in a tacit conspiracy of silence, as each knew that bringing to light their colleague's misbehavior could end up damaging their own reputations in the process.
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conspiracy of silence

A tacit or explicit agreement to keep something secret. For example, In this state's medical society there is a conspiracy of silence regarding incompetent practitioners . This term was first used as a complaint about lack of attention, but today it more often refers to remaining silent about something unfavorable or criminal. [Late 1800s]
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a conspiracy of silence

If there is a conspiracy of silence, people who know about something have agreed that they will not tell anyone about it. Detectives have run into a conspiracy of silence in the close communities here.
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a conspiracy of silence

an agreement to say nothing about an issue that should be generally known.
This expression appears to have originated with the French philosopher Auguste Comte ( 1798–1857 ).
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a conˌspiracy of ˈsilence

an agreement not to talk publicly about something which should not remain secret: As no one was ever convicted of the murders, it is widely believed that there may have been a conspiracy of silence maintained by the victims’ friends and families.
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Skinder Ali, 38, whose address was listed on court papers as HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire, and who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to receive stolen goods.
Thomas Lynch, 43, of St Benedict's Road, Small Heath, Birmingham, who pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to receive stolen goods.
This suggests that conspiracy theories provide a sense of individual control by enabling people to make sense of the world.
Douglas of Grenoble Alps Universit "An intriguing feature in the rhetoric of people who believe in conspiracy theories is that to justify their beliefs, they frequently refer to secret or difficult-to-get information they would have found," (http://www.
Many years of study of conspiracy theory lore leads me to suggest that Donald Trump is a co-opted sycophantic con man chucklehead, put in place to further an agenda.
True, but neither can we "prove" an equally unfalsifiable conspiracy theory that O'Donnell was hired by President Trump (or colluded with Vladimir Putin) to make such nonsensical, partisan-driven diatribes against the president in order to win Trump'sympathy and further discredit MSNBC and the Fake News leftist media choir to which it belongs.
Ryan Green, 30, unemployed, of Lakey Lane, Hall Green, jailed for two years two months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Andrew McGilley, 39, of Finch Lane, Liverpool, was sentenced to four years and two months for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Paul Kenneth Davies, 43, of Rhodfa'r Gorllewin, Rhyl, was part of the group who were sentenced to a total of 19 years and nine months for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Specifically, the following revolts and conspiracies are covered: the Stono Revolt, the 1741 New York Conspiracy, the Prosser Conspiracy, the German Coast Revolt, the Negro Fort Resistance, the Vesey Conspiracy, Nat Turner's Revolt, the Cheneyville Conspiracy, the Creole Revolt, and the Second Creek Conspiracy.
Andy Coulson was |found guilty of a charge of conspiracy to intercept voicemails.
We live in an age of conspiracy theories: birthers, truthers, climate deniers.
Coulson, the PM's former communications chief and ex-News of the World editor, denies conspiracy to hack phones and conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.
THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN CONSPIRACY (The New York Times, New York)