Hold his peace - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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hold (one's) peace
To stay quiet despite wanting to say something. Just hold your peace if you don't have anything constructive to add. I knew that anything I said would just make her angry, so I decided to hold my peace.
hold one's peace
to remain silent. Bill was unable to hold his peace any longer. "Don't do it!" he cried. Quiet, John. Hold your peace for a little while longer.
hold your peace remain silent about something.
ˌhold your ˈpeace/ˈtongue (old-fashioned) say nothing; remain silent although you would like to give your opinion: We don’t want anyone to know what’s happened, so you’d better hold your tongue — do you understand? ♢ I didn’t want to start another argument, so I held my peace.
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Shoppers were hoping to finally find out what the centre's iconic statue thought of crowds of visitors sitting on his back for photographs but sadly technical difficulties mean he's going to have to hold his peace
And as the Connors put pressure on Sean to speak now or for ever hold his peace
, Sean wilts like a daffodil in a microwave and confesses all to Michelle.
Until that happy day of complete bilingualism arrives, Mr Ratcliff would be well advised to hold his peace