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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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Furious Ben tackles his father, but with Phil keeping schtum, he leaves frustrated.
While we're itching to know the video's scandalous content, Myms is keeping schtum.
Bolshy Ant and her more levelheaded little brother Mattie, whose gangster parents abandoned them, are locked up alongside their foster parents for their so-called "heritage crimes", but Ant isn't one for keeping schtum and as her anger at the unfairness of life as a 'strutter' escalates, so too does the peace inside the walls of HMP London.
Now the vast majority of businesses are keeping schtum because Cameron's all over the shop with his hokey cokey in-out strategy on the European Referendum.
But few of them could match the cynicism of the Chancellor, who threw out a few pre-election bribes while keeping schtum on the post-election pain to come.
Stuttgart boss Huub Stevens is keeping schtum as the club look to scrap their way out of a relegation battle.
Pam, 66, is keeping schtum about how things pan out, but said: "It has been traumatic to play.
Jenkins, recently crowned runner-up in US show Dancing With The Stars, is keeping schtum on whether she'll be involved in the opening and closing ceremonies of London 2012.
London, May 9 ( ANI ): Johnny Depp, usually is open about his off-screen life, is keeping schtum on his supposed split with French lover of 14 years Vanessa Paradis, in case their kids Lily-Rose and Jack read about it online.
Snax 24 is keeping schtum on reports that it is part of a consortium bidding for Total UK and Murco.
The Tories also refuse to utter the "C" word and use the simple expedient of keeping schtum and saying nothing.
It's been hard work keeping schtum since receiving the letter with the seal on it, which said I was being considered for an award.
While they have already revealed the location as being Lotherton Hall near Leeds, where they also held it last year, the five-piece are keeping schtum on their support acts for the day.
No surprises there - keeping schtum isn't really Mr Gobby's style
Our greatest middle-distance Olympian (right) is not prepared to give an inch off the track, even allowing for the negative criticism he got for keeping schtum about his failure to head north.