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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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She kept quiet about her behind-the-scenes role, even when her husband Angus regaled their four children with tales of his exploits during the 1944 Normandy landings.
Qualls dismissed Stewart's contentions that the incident with Murray was kept quiet because he is a state figure.
I would not prejudge the case,'' Rogan said, and that's why he kept quiet.
We kept quiet, we kept our composure and we didn't panic,'' said Harvard-Westlake's L'Tanya Robnett, who scored the Wolverines' first eight points of the second quarter.
All apparently kept quiet until Ramiro Luna, the defendant's landlord, broke his silence to avoid going to prison for assaulting his own wife.
Other presidents have done that and it was kept quiet.
This is something that I kept quiet, my entire office kept quiet for over a year.
The Highlanders juniors, who have remained undefeated since the season's start, admitted they tried to offer each other advice before the first set, then kept quiet for the rest of the match.
As they visited the facilities, Anselm said, her brother kept quiet most of the time, only occasionally asking, ``Don't you think it's a bit late to be doing this?