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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"He has to learn that you don't open your mouth when you get into situations because you end up sitting in the stand."
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On issues that one is not very familiar with, if the old saying is paraphrased, keep your mouth shut and let the people assume that you are an ignorant idiot but don't open your mouth and erase that doubt.
If you can't identity your intention, don't open your mouth. If you walk into the room and your intention isn't clear, people know it.
Alex (to Stephanie): If you don't want to be spoken to in that manner don't open your mouth when I am speaking to somebody to make a valid point.
When confronting a colleague who's not pulling his or her own weight, don't open your mouth until you've opened your mind.
"Here in Cairo," wrote Tarek Atia of Al-Ahram, Egypt's largest English-language newspaper, "if you don't agree with [population control guru Thomas] Malthus, just don't open your mouth." Critics of the UN's population program were dismissed as "conspiracy theorists that Tim Wirth and the rest of the U.S.
Think about your answers - don't open your mouth and say the first thing that comes out
There is a time to laugh - just don't open your mouth too widely in the process.
Take your time and think about your answers - don't open your mouth and say the first thing that comes out.
Don't open your mouth until a goose has flown in (Icelandic).
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