keep (one's) mouth shut

keep (one's) mouth shut

To not discuss or mention something. He needs to keep his mouth shut and stop telling our family secrets to everyone in town! A: "It wasn't my fault. Brian said—" B: "Keep your mouth shut, Chad!"
See also: keep, mouth, shut
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

keep one's mouth shut (about someone or something)

Fig. to keep quiet about someone or something; to keep a secret about someone or something. They told me to keep my mouth shut about the boss or I'd be in big trouble. I think I'll keep my mouth shut.
See also: keep, mouth, shut

Keep your mouth shut (about someone or something).

Fig. Do not tell anyone about someone or something. Bob: Are you going to see the doctor? Mary: Yes, but keep your mouth shut about it. Bob: Isn't Tom's uncle in tax trouble? Jane: Yes, but keep your mouth shut about him.
See also: keep, mouth, shut
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep one's mouth shut

Be quiet; don't reveal confidential information. For example, The teachers told us to keep our mouths shut during the entire presentation, or You can't tell Carol anything; she's incapable of keeping her mouth shut. Also see hold one's tongue.
See also: keep, mouth, shut
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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