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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]
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Following the keeping quiet trend they put in place for the entire pregnancy, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green are just now announcing they had their baby.
Edwards is likely to be handed the task of keeping quiet the in-form Koumas, currently pulling the strings for the Baggies in a roving role but predominantly from the left flank.
CHILDREN raised more than pounds 1,000 to help cancer patients - by keeping quiet for a few minutes.
In return for keeping quiet about the sacking, Ms O'Neill claims she was offered more money and extra medical benefits.
The keeper later CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS City skipper Fred Keenor's performance in keeping quiet the likes of Jimmy Brain, seen here, was crucial to the Bluebirds' eventual triumph 75 years ago today.
I was keeping quiet, but when he had to get up on a table and pretend he was flying, I just couldn't help it.
But Lady Thatcher offensively accuses them of keeping quiet.
CHATTERBOX David Ashby showed tremendous willpower as he amazed teachers and classmates by keeping quiet for hours.