Hold my 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.
References in classic literature
When the time comes I shall want both town and peasant lads and will raise the cry a day or two beforehand, but they are not wanted yet so I hold my peace
On this matter I'll share with you another experience when I did hold my peace
, with the greatest difficulty, but likewise with success.
I had a choice at the beginning, to say something now or forever hold my peace