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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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keep quiet about something

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keep something quiet

say nothing about something; keep something secret: I’ve decided to resign but I’d rather you kept quiet about it.
See also: keep, quiet, something
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There was no police force people could go to and I'm constantly hearing that if someone was abused by a republican or priest and reported it to the local IRA they were told to keep quiet about it.
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.
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 THE longer you keep quiet about it, the more you will have to pay back so you would be best advised to let your bosses know as soon as possible.
Susan's birthday looms, and in a desperate romantic act which he hopes will get him into the good books, Ben takes her to a small guest house they stayed in 20 years ago, but things do not go exactly as planned1/4 Meanwhile, back at home, the children are left under Nick's supervision, which consists of spoilt brat Janey bribing the youngest child Michael to keep quiet about her plans.
SENIOR BBC figures have been told to keep quiet about the snubbing of plans for a Scottish Six O'Clock news.