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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.
See also: hold, peace

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.
See also: hold, peace, tongue
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Despite heavy US pressure from President Barack Obama last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to end Israeli settlement activity in order to hold peace talks with Palestinians.
The Sri Lanka government and the LTTE signed a cease-fire agreement in February and have agreed to hold peace talks in Thailand.
Sir Bobby will hold peace talks with FIFA chiefs but while it is expected the game will go ahead tomorrow night, the FA will be told their decision will be a one-off.
Mobutu and Kabila are expected to hold peace talks early in the coming week, South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki announced Saturday night.
Talking to a private news channel, he said that Pakistan armed forces are fighting the war on terrorism to hold peace in the country.
Earlier, the government and banned outfit Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have formed committees to hold peace dialogues to end up the decade long war fought among the militants and security forces.
Islamabad -- Government committee, formed to hold peace talks with negotiators representing the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), would meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Tuesday) to take final decision on talks with TTP.
2 ( ANI ): The Pakistan Taliban has reportedly nominated five political and religious leaders to hold peace talks with government authorities.
He said the visit came after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's acceptance of a request from Afghan President Hamid Karzai to let the HPC team hold peace parleys with the senior Taliban leader.
A Pakistan government minister said the drone strike believed to have killed Mehsud had destroyed attempts to hold peace talks with the militants.
The visit is taking place after Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that certain members of the Taliban were ready to hold peace talks with the government and its peace council.
This came as Oalestinian and Israeli leaders hold peace talks in Jerusalem.
City chief executive Garry Cook and football administrator Brian Marwood want to hold peace talks with Mancini (below) and Tevez.
As for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rashid said that he was reluctant to agree to hold peace talks with Israel while the Jewish state continues to build settlements in order to avoid further internal pressure from the Palestinian Islamist faction Hamas.
He referred to Defence Secretary Norberto Gonzales who said earlier that the Philippine government is now opting to hold peace talks with communist leaders in the provinces and not with NDF members who are all living abroad.