hold (one's) peace

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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.
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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.
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hold one's peace

see under hold one's tongue.
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hold your peace

remain silent about something.
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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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Gods all around [bow our bodies] to their fury fermenting the earth : we bend hard but fail to hold our peace it drops to the earth and sinks [silently] [.
If the international community is satisfied that due process has been observed we should hold our peace and pray that order will emerge out of chaos for Iraq and for the rest of the Middle East so that, in more stable times, they will be able to have their own discussion about the rights and wrongs of the death penalty.