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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.
See also: hold, peace
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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