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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The men involved are all determined to keep schtum, but as they realise that could come at a cost, the trust between them looks set to fall apart.
Others may genuinely believe they've only been put there by a party leader to keep schtum and vote through any bill they've proposed.
And as the party draws to a close, Sonia pulls Sharif to one side and tells him she'll keep schtum about their affair.
The earth mothers who go around saying they simply love being pregnant need to keep schtum.
If anything, though, this social site trawling might have an unintended benefit: it might cause humble braggers - people who post ostensibly self-deprecating statuses just to highlight their lavish lifestyles - keep schtum.
He said: "If you are privileged enough to work for the Royal family you keep schtum.
Sameh had asked Ruby to keep schtum so that Dalia does not find out
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.
I had to keep schtum but I wanted to say "what a load of elitist crap".
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.