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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 refuse to divulge any information (about something) to someone else. 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]
See also: keep, quiet
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I hope that this is a genuine attempt by the council to give the city a top class competition pool and not just a sweetener to keep us quiet until the water park is complete.
The adults in the PE cupboard were trying to keep us quiet because they wouldn't have known if he was still in the gym hall or where he was going next.
PS5 OFF WATER BILLS MARK ROWLEY: insulting and patronising - lower fuel n utility bills to keep us quiet for a little while thinking this will boost the economy - there are big problems in this country - every and any government in power will continue to tax us to the limits and always get away with it LANDY ANN: Well I won't know what to do with the extra cash .
It seems it was all just lip service to keep us quiet.
What that is down to I think is that in every game we have had at home, it appears if we don't score in an opening period and teams come here and keep us quiet for a bit that kind of weighs heavy on some of the lads.
They say some proposals are partially approved or implemented just to keep us quiet, while zero gets done.
RICHARD There isn't a defence anywhere, not just in the Premier League, that would keep us quiet when we're at full strength.
With an average class size of 36, teachers have found creative ways to keep us quiet.
As for the recent funding for projects in the North-east, it's too little too late, to keep us quiet.
These are just void statements to keep us quiet," he said, "It also defies the right of all professors and students to vote on who will govern our universities and faculties.
So my father would set us problem, just to keep us quiet I think.
They all got behind us and teams normally come here to try and keep us quiet for 20 minutes so the crowd will turn, but that didn't happen today.
Steve Keyworth, managing director at McNulty Offshore, said: "They have basically announced a consolation prize for Tyneside in the hope it will keep us quiet.
It was something to keep us quiet while the rest of the area was being knocked down," he recalls.
I knew Watford couldn't maintain the work rate they needed to keep us quiet in the first half and we realised we'd get chances.