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keep quiet

1. To be quiet; to not make any noise. Often used as an imperative. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is sometimes used between "keep" and "quiet." Please keep quiet during the movie, kids. People are trying to listen. The only way I can keep my dog quiet when the mailman comes around is to give him a treat.
2. To force someone to stay silent or not divulge information. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is often used between "keep" and "quiet." They offered me a ton of money to keep me quiet, but I'm still going to testify.
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keep quiet (about something)

To refrain from divulging any information about something. They offered me a ton of money to keep quiet, but I'm still going to testify at the trial. We all agreed to keep quiet about what we found that day.
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keep something quiet

 and keep something still
Fig. to keep something a secret. I'm quitting my job, but my boss doesn't know yet. Please keep it quiet. Okay. I'll keep it still
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keep quiet (about someone or something)

 and keep still (about someone or something)
to refrain from talking about someone or something; to keep a secret about someone or something. Please keep quiet about the missing money. Please keep still about it. All right. I'll keep still.
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keep quiet

Also, keep still.
1. Also, be quiet or still . Remain silent; same as hold one's tongue. For example, Please keep quiet about the party. Also see keep one's mouth shut.
2. Refrain from moving, stay in the same position; same as hold still. For example, The doctor gave the young boy a toy to keep him quiet while on the examining table, or It's hard for the baby to keep still unless he's sleeping. [Late 1300s]
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This rule has been fairly well-learned in Washington and people who leave to scoop up the dough keep quiet.
But after arriving to do a sound check at new Dynamic Earth venue the day before, the band got an urgent call from nearby Holyrood Palace to keep quiet.
And it is clearly sexual harassment if, as Jones says, Clinton let her know that he was friends with her boss, and then told her to keep quiet, leading her to fear for her job.
Protestants could not keep quiet about their faith or their rights.
1) Manahimik (Keep quiet)-You can opt to keep quiet amid interrogations from authorities.
The defender claims the fitness instructor in her 30s demanded [euro]140,000 to keep quiet after they had sex following a Christmas party.
John Travolta's alleged lover just can't keep quiet.
Ras Al Khaimah Three Emirati students sexually assaulted their schoolmate and filmed it with a mobile phone camera to intimidate him to keep quiet, the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court heard yesterday.
New York, Dec 16 (ANI): Tiger Woods used to pay his 'mistresses' regularly to make sure that they keep quiet about their sexual affairs, says a new report.
Cain later demands a bribe from the millionaire in return for keeping quiet about his continued meetings with Faye - so Mark agrees to give him a one-off payment to keep quiet, but this only causes more problems as Natasha becomes increasingly suspicious of her husband's dealings.
One player, who shall remain unnamed to protect bits he would rather not lose, was suggesting the players should make sure the coach arrived back about 7pm, appear a bit tired and bruised, keep quiet and hope the other halves did not read the results in the Sunday paper.
COULD we all please keep quiet about the North-South divide (The Journal, March 11) and perpetuate the myth that "it's grim up North"?
Darcy demands $50,000 from Izzy to keep quiet about the parentage of her baby, and Stuart confronts Sindi.