not open one's mouth

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not open (one's) mouth

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). All the while our teacher was shouting at us, we didn't open our mouths. Don't open your mouth about this! I would die of embarrassment if anyone were to find out.
See also: mouth, not, open

not open one's mouth

Also, shut one's mouth; not say or utter a word . Be silent, repress one's feelings or opinions, keep a secret. For example, Don't worry, I'm not going to open my mouth on this issue, or She promised not to say a word about it to anyone. Also see hold one's tongue; keep one's mouth shut.
See also: mouth, not, open
References in classic literature ?
No, I must certainly not say that I cannot see the cloth
And then he nodded pleasantly, and examined the empty loom, for he would not say that he could see nothing.
Nay, my friend," replied the other, "do not say 'I,' but 'We' have found an axe.
I will not say all that I could of the family you are with, because I would not be ungenerous, or set you against those you esteem; but it is very difficult to know whom to trust, and young men never know their minds two days together.
Recollect, my lord, if he did not say something a little like that to you?
I did not say because I am so fond of putting my tongue out.
I saw thee once-- once only -- years ago: I must not say how many -- but not many.
But those who have their wives and children in common will not say so, but all will say so, though not as individuals; therefore, to use the word all is evidently a fallacious mode of speech; for this word is sometimes used distributively, and sometimes collectively, on account of its double meaning, and is the cause of inconclusive syllogisms in reasoning.
He did not repeat to himself with a sickening feeling of shame the words he had spoken, or say: "Oh, why did I not say that?
But did we not say, Thrasymachus, that the unjust goes beyond both his like and unlike?
I will proceed by asking a question: Would you not say that a horse has some end?
Sapsea proceeds, 'when I had enlarged my mind up to--I will not say to what it now is, for that might seem to aim at too much, but up to the pitch of wanting another mind to be absorbed in it--I cast my eye about me for a nuptial partner.
I will not say that I have reproached myself; but there have been times when I have asked myself the question: What if her husband had been nearer on a level with her?
I have only two adversaries -- I will not say two conquerors, for with perseverance I subdue even them, -- they are time and distance.
Lucy, with a demure and settled air, seemed determined to make no contribution to the comfort of the others, and would not say a word; and almost every thing that WAS said, proceeded from Elinor, who was obliged to volunteer all the information about her mother's health, their coming to town, &c.