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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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That possibility - a Brexit that left us in the single market (as promised by the Tory manifesto), that remainers might have reluctantly come to accept - has been ruled out by Theresa May, and the MPs who might have argued for it have meekly kept shtum.
A CHURCH member kept shtum for seven days to help raise the roof on a 125-year-old church in Thornaby.
Turns out he was in a rehab clinic in Thailand, which they kept shtum.
When the stores introduced those larger models, I kept shtum because I am a wimp and so many of the commentators who reacted in the media seemed to think they were a great idea.
Currie's protests, on the eve of the party conference, that she had kept shtum for so long to limit political fallout will ring hollow in the ears of Iain Duncan Smith's cronies.