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(as) quiet as a mouse

Silent, meek, and gentle. I just can't believe that Kate actually yelled at Mike—she's usually as quiet as a mouse! We remained as quiet as mice to avoid being detected by the guards.
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*quiet as a (church) mouse and *quiet as the grave

very quiet. (*Also: as ~.) You'd better be as quiet as a mouse while Grandma takes her nap so you won't wake her up. This town is quiet as the grave now that the factories have closed.
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quiet as a mouse

Also, still as a mouse. Silent, without noise, as in She sneaked into the house, quiet as a mouse, or When he heard the news he was still as a mouse. The first of these similes dates from the mid-1500s, the second from the 1300s.
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quiet as a mouse

If someone is quiet as a mouse, they are very quiet or silent. During the day Mom was quiet as a mouse. She hardly said or did anything. We were quiet as mice, hiding in there.
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quiet as a mouse (or lamb)

(of a person or animal) extremely quiet or docile.
1982 Robertson Davies The Rebel Angels I shall be as quiet as a mouse. I'll just tuck my box…in this corner, right out of your way.
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(as) quiet as a ˈmouse

(of a person) saying very little or making very little noise: He’s quiet as a mouse in class.Be as quiet as a mouse when you go upstairs — the baby’s asleep in our bedroom.
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quiet as a mouse

Hushed, subdued. This simile dates from the sixteenth century and presumably refers to the behavior of a mouse that stops dead in its tracks at the approach of a cat and remains as quiet as possible, hoping to avoid notice. Also put as still as a mouse, it has been repeated again and again, outliving the still older (fourteenth century) quiet as a lamb.
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Quiet as mice, the robbers broke into a lorry parked in a lay-by on the A49 overnight while the driver was fast asleep in his cab.
Yet we live in a one-bedroomed flat and the neighbours are all quiet as mice. One of them even questioned the noise the plumber made when he came to fix our leaking pipe!
With so many giant egos in the Boro squad, feuds must erupt at some stage, but Jimmy, Boudewijn and Gaizka seem as quiet as mice at present.
My wife and I were listening to Christmas carols on the XM radio while the other five had their eyes glued to the flip up video screen, quiet as mice except for the occasional groan as someone in video land wiped out on their skateboard.