not open (one's) mouth

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not open (one's) mouth

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). All the while our teacher was shouting at us, we didn't open our mouths. Don't open your mouth about this! I would die of embarrassment if anyone were to find out.
See also: mouth, not, open
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not open one's mouth

 and not utter a word
Fig. not to say anything at all; not to tell something (to anyone). Don't worry, I'll keep your secret. I won't even open my mouth. Have no fear. I won't utter a word.
See also: mouth, not, open
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

not open one's mouth

Also, shut one's mouth; not say or utter a word . Be silent, repress one's feelings or opinions, keep a secret. For example, Don't worry, I'm not going to open my mouth on this issue, or She promised not to say a word about it to anyone. Also see hold one's tongue; keep one's mouth shut.
See also: mouth, not, open
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

open your (big) ˈmouth

(informal) say something when you should not: Why do you always have to open your big mouth? Can’t you just keep quiet sometimes?
See also: mouth, open
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"Some of the younger ones were in awe of him when he arrived, they sat at the same table as him on the first day of training and the three youngsters with him didn't open their mouths.
There were probably four or five sports writers who gave us a nice break - in a country where there are probably a million sports writers - the the rest didn't open their mouths.'
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