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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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And what about all those politicians who just months ago were ranting and railing against the unfairness of the EU but who are now keeping shtum on the orders of the PM who they fear will sack them if they speak out.
While Emeli and her camp are keeping shtum, she's renowned for her work ethic and has reportedly been hard at it in the studio.
The Admiral is keeping shtum, but Mr Pritchard is defiant.
But her broken relationship is well behind her now and she is happy in a new romance, but she's keeping shtum about that.
John Paul is keeping shtum so when the chance comes to spend time with Kieron, she grabs it with both hands.
Mervyn King went out of his way the other day to praise Lord (Eddie) George, his predecessor as governor of the Bank of England - for keeping shtum.
The usually chatty presenter was last night keeping shtum on the matter because, he said, of his contract with the Beeb.
HE usually has something to say on every topic but Frank Skinner is keeping shtum about West Bromwich Albion's crunch promotion clash with Crystal Palace today - because he is worried that he will jinx his beloved Baggies.
All the time I consoled myself with the thought that, by keeping shtum, I was protecting a family from prying eyes and vicious tongues.
But now dopey Calvin has realised he should have added fuel to the fire by keeping shtum, because dating the delectable Miss Minogue would have helped him to off-load a few more records.
She's keeping shtum about the 'super top secret' plot for part three, but says, 'This movie is a lot more violent.
But no, apparently he was absent from Bloke School on the day they taught "Why keeping shtum is a good idea".
Meanwhile, Carol Thatcher has been keeping shtum about her role as the secret camp night-time wee merchant.