keep schtum

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keep schtum

To remain silent; to not say anything. (Used especially when by saying something, especially at the wrong time, one would cause trouble or difficulty for him- or herself.) Primarily heard in UK. It's better to just keep schtum when the boss starts flinging accusations than risk further incensing him.
See also: keep, schtum

keep ˈschtum/ˈshtum

(British English, informal) say nothing: I think we’d better keep schtum about this money, don’t you? OPPOSITE: open your (big) mouth Shtum is a Yiddish word from the German stumm, meaning ‘silent’.
See also: keep, schtum, shtum
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I had to keep schtum but I wanted to say "what a load of elitist crap".
DJ's playing the festival include Tom Middleton, Ashley Beedle, The Reflex, Get Down Edits, Keep Schtum and many more still to be announced.
He said: "If you are privileged enough to work for the Royal family you keep schtum.
Chas agrees to keep schtum about his affair with Aaron, but it's too late.
Chas agrees to keep schtum about his aair with Aaron, but it's too late.
I would add that if you have nothing intelligent to add, it is also best to keep schtum.
But even with that dilemma sorted, John Paul is wondering whether he should keep schtum about his fears for his cousin's happiness.
How come women are expected to be honest while men keep schtum about their failings?
Sameh had asked Ruby to keep schtum so that Dalia does not find out
The Jimmy Savile case is, however, one where the ordinary bods finally turned and refused to keep schtum when their Lords and Mistresses dumped that Newsnight investigation.
So Paul knows who pushed him, but he's decided to keep schtum and let the guilty party get away with it.
Attempting to discuss matters of state above the din of popular music is extremely difficult, while the low-wattage lighting appears designed more for the benefit of "apple-shaped" customers trying on the latest Diamante Ruch Bandeau Dress than ministers me to keep schtum or reading complex documents on grain yields.
At first it looked like Char and Gav were going to keep schtum, but the ex lovebirds are now straying into Katie and Peter territory, vying for public sympathy.
The couple, who have been dating for a year and a half, have preferred to keep schtum about their romance in the past.
The Keep Schtum crew bring you UK legend Ashley Beedle (of X-Press II and Black Science Orchestra fame) at their rather interesting "Meeting House Dark Presents" event on Sunday at 10pm.