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everyone and their mum

A large number or a majority of people. Used hyperbolically. Primarily heard in UK. I don't really want to get an iPhone. Everyone and their mum has one these days.
See also: and, everyone, mum

everybody and his mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everybody and his mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
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everybody and their mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everybody and their mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
See also: and, everybody, mum

everyone and his mum

Used hyperbolically to express a large number or a majority of people. Primarily heard in UK. I'm so jealous, everyone and his mum is going on a vacation this summer except for me.
See also: and, everyone, mum

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). Make sure you kids keep mum in there or you're both grounded! You have to keep mum about Dave's retirement party—we want it to be a surprise.
See also: keep, mum

mum's the word

A request or pledge to keep something a secret. Now, I don't want anyone to know that I'm pregnant yet, so mum's the word. Your secret is safe with me. Mum's the word.
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Mum's the word.

Fig. a pledge not to reveal a secret or to tell about something or someone. "Mum's the word," said Jane to ease Mary's mind about her secret.
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mum's the word

Say nothing about this, it's a secret, as in Mum's the word on tonight's surprise party. This expression dates from about 1700, but mum, meaning "silence," is much older. In 2 Henry VI (1:2) Shakespeare wrote, "Seal up your lips, and give no words but mum."
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keep mum

remain silent about something; not reveal a secret. informal
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mum's the word

say nothing; don't reveal a secret. informal
In both of these idioms, mum stands for an inarticulate sound made with pursed lips indicating either unwillingness or inability to speak.
1991 Atlantic City Mum's the word on who will play the major figures in this tale of woe.
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keep ˈmum

(informal) say nothing about a secret; stay silent: I just kept mum when she asked me where Ben was. She’d be furious if she knew.Please will everyone keep mum about Saturday. We want to give them a real surprise. OPPOSITE: blow the gaff (on somebody/something)
See also: keep, mum

ˌmum’s the ˈword!

(informal) used for telling somebody to keep a secret or for telling somebody that you will keep a secret: ‘Nobody must mention this project outside the office. I hope that’s clear.’ ‘We understand, John. Mum’s the word!’
These two idioms refer to the sound you make when your mouth is closed.

mum's the word

Say nothing of the secret you know: Mum's the word on the surprise party.
See also: word

mum's the word

Keep it a secret. This seemingly modern slang phrase was used by Shakespeare—“Seal up your lips, and give no words but—mum” (HenryVI, Part 2, 1.2)—as well as numerous earlier writers. The word mum has meant silent since about 1350 and comes from the imitative sound made when one’s lips are closed (a kind of hum). The actual locution “Mum’s the word” appears in print over and over from about 1700.
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"Nourish and Flourish allows mums to take care of their mental and physical health; it's focused on mind, body, and soul," said Nicole.
Cat added: "I'm so looking forward to visiting projects and meeting the mums that we're helping to support and seeing the work they do - and hopefully getting to hold some babies."
Emmerdale actor Lisa Riley, 42, paid poignant tribute to her mum, Cath, who died aged of cancer in 2012, aged 57.
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Mother's Day falls on Sunday, March 31, this year and in celebration the Standard has teamed up with Boots on Dumfries High Street and several local businesses to offer a fabulous competition for Dumfries' Mum of the Year.
Gardening experts advise planting mums in sunny spots with southern exposure.
"I kept going to the group every week which was a big benefit to me." Trained staff look after the babies in a creche in a separate room, giving the mums space and time to talk things over.
Kathryn, who had worked with the Innovation Unit, designed a live learning course to teach mums everything they needed to know about social media management in real time.
About 31% of Thai mums rely on parenting websites, 22% use online search engines and 19% tap into other methods, such as Facebook pages.
According to a survey last year done by Netmums, one in 10 mums hate doing the school run with a fifth saying parents are bullied at the school gates.
New research has found that the majority of younger mums struggle with a string of skills their own mums would have carried out with ease.
It has been designed with mums in mind, allowing them to progress at the best pace for them and their baby.
RELATIONSHIPS between mums and teenage daughters are often fraught at the best of times.