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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 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.
See also: keep, quiet

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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It seems that they know when to keep quiet and when to call in the family.
These guys settle the lawsuits, and it's never on the manager's records that they paid this money to the plaintiffs to keep quiet about this discriminating manager," says Leroy W.
Edinburgh University lecturer Donna Brander said the West Highland terrier - now being held in kennels - could be trained to keep quiet.
Great-uncle Michael said over his shoulder, "The first thing ye must learn, lad, is to keep quiet in the boat.
If you haven't done that, if your disagreements weren't worth that sacrifice, you should probably keep quiet.
The youths disrupt filming by making noise and demanding money 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.
These workers are used as a reserve of cheap labor as they get paid minimal wages, receive no advancement and are otherwise expected to keep quiet.
30s demanded PS100,000 to keep quiet after they had sex following his club's Christmas party.
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.
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"?
A MONITORING holiday entitlement is the responsibility of your human resources department and you would be wise to keep quiet unless you want to be known as the office snitch.
Speaking from the Logan Stone just after he had been traditionally installed as Archdruid of Wales for the second time in his career, he appealed to the crowd over the loudspeaker system to keep quiet during a floral dance by young girls from Glanmor High School, Swansea.