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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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I knew it was something prestigious because I had a confidentiality thing to keep everything secret even from close friends so I just kept schtum.
NICOLE Scherzinger kept schtum when she was invited to gush over Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at this year's X Factor launch.
Whoever that happy woman in the photos is, Najwa has kept schtum on her end of the celebosphere and is yet to make a comment
Miss Piggy, who dons the ivory couture wedding gown in the movie, has been trying to convince Kermit the Frog to marry her for years but film bosses have kept schtum on whether fans will see them finally manage to tie the knot.
Yes, the woman should have kept schtum about the bloody points but she was driven mad with rage by his infidelity.
LOCK, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels film-maker, GUY RITCHIE and model girlfriend JACQUI AINSLEY have kept schtum about their baby boy's name for nearly nine months - but not to me.
While half-conscious Romeo and half-baked Gareth kept schtum, Frankie first stood up for victimised lush Denise and then told Nicola, the Playboy sidekick, she was too two-faced by half.
Residents of a quiet corner of suburbia were left counting their blessings after neighbours uncovered an unexploded WWI artillery shell in their garage - and kept schtum for ten days before raising the alarm.
The Cahill boys kept schtum, though, and Fight For This Love went straight to number one.
As usual, the public schoolboys in the boardroom kept schtum, closed ranks and left Fred hanging out to dry.
The flyer, of course, kept schtum about this, noting only that the HQ was based in faraway Walsall, but it did odd, in e footnote, "prices checked on the Asda website'.
A church member kept schtum for seven days to help raise the roof on a 125-year-old church in Thornaby.
She could have just kept schtum and hoped it would all go away.
The actress said bye-bye to her hubby of six months, poet Sameh Aal Al Ali, but kept schtum about the reasons behind their rushed break up
Girls AloudTHE girls have kept schtum about their exciting reunion but their scheduled return to pop will be the biggest since Take That.