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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.
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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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AN on-the-run convicted burglar wrote a message next to his own wanted poster on a police Facebook site warning friends to keep shtum regarding his whereabouts.
An on-the-runconvicted burglarwrote a message next to his own wanted poster on a police Facebook site warning friends to keep shtum regarding his whereabouts.
At this point it is prudent to keep shtum and let the lady of the house chunder on about your incompetence, lack of forethought and general uselessness.
Derren clearly states in his opening few lines that he wants to keep the contents of the Underground Tour a secret, and kindly asks reviewers and bloggers to keep shtum.
He clearly takes the view that if you can't think of a nice thing to say, keep shtum.
Debbie asks Donna and Ross over their relationship, and they ask her to keep shtum.
"WE'RE Not Singing, We're Not Singing, We're Not Singing Any More, Weee're Not Siiing-ing Any More" - one fan's twist on an old favourite after supporters at the Riverside Stadium were asked to keep shtum during games.
Nothing makes a company keep shtum as much as knowing that hordes of corporate lawyers are poring over its books.
But I think I prefer the traditional way when the celebs keep shtum and we journalists do our best to winkle out their guilty secrets - all in the public interest, of course.
Any grief I get I'm willing to take, I mean, why should I keep shtum?" he shrugs.
e best thing she's done while being Queen is keep shtum on the happenings of the world - none of us have any clue on what she thinks about the great events of our time.
What we need is politicians like Mandy who keep shtum about their own sex lives and everybody else's.
But if I and my hyperactive 12-year-old could manage to keep shtum during some of the more, let me say, challenging passages in the concert, then what could explain the behaviour of the three middle- aged women right behind us?
But, for whatever reason, he chose to keep shtum, a decision he might regret in seasons to come since some sports scribblers have long memories.