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keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). Make sure you kids keep mum in there or you're both grounded! You have to keep mum about Dave's retirement party—we want it to be a surprise.
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keep mum

remain silent about something; not reveal a secret. informal
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keep ˈmum

(informal) say nothing about a secret; stay silent: I just kept mum when she asked me where Ben was. She’d be furious if she knew.Please will everyone keep mum about Saturday. We want to give them a real surprise. OPPOSITE: blow the gaff (on somebody/something)
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London, Feb 17 (ANI): Justin Bieber has decided to keep mum on reports that he is dating Selena Gomez, insisting his private life is nobody else's business.
Other former officials said they were pressured to keep mum because Washington was obsessed with approving NAFTA.
In the joint statement they issued on the two-day summit, the Southeast Asian leaders chose to keep mum on the crisis.
ISLAMABAD, August 23, 2010 (Frontier Star): Aiwan-e-Sadr has decided to keep mum over the remarks made by MQM leader Altaf Hussain regarding imposing martial law in the country.
They (Indian authorities) knew that there is a plan of a dam, why they keep mum and kept the people of Northeastern region in dark?
Afghan officials always hold Taliban responsible for such incidents but Taliban often keep mum over the killing of civilians in roadside bomb explosions and other attacks targeting Afghan and foreign forces.
New York, Feb 10 (ANI): Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend Israeli model Bar Refaeli missed being on the cover of last year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue as she was not able to keep mum about it.
The England striker's mother, Jayne, is a City fan - and she will have to keep mum about her allegiances because Crouch has bought her a ticket for the Spurs end
However, Kathy decided to keep mum when asked if Kylie has got engaged to Andres Velencoso.
Although no doubt Madge, 50, wouldn't keep mum if she caught the youngster posing so provocatively.
Don't be driven to abandon your relationship just to keep mum happy.
Hundreds of mothers-to-be will have their questions answered and all because the ladies decided not to keep mum.
So during the band's latest tour, which kicked off with a show at the Carling Academy in Glasgow last night, the youngster will there to keep mum company.
Premier League officials are so concerned about the pressure on refs after the flurry of red cards that they have told them to keep mum.
ALL Saints star Melanie Blatt refused to keep mum about her condition when she appeared in concert at the weekend.