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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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London, May 9 ( ANI ): Johnny Depp, usually is open about his off-screen life, is keeping schtum on his supposed split with French lover of 14 years Vanessa Paradis, in case their kids Lily-Rose and Jack read about it online.
DANNII Minogue is staying schtum about rumours she could be appearing as a judge on the upcoming series of Britain's Got Talent.
Attempting to discuss matters of state above the din of popular music is extremely difficult, while the low-wattage lighting appears designed more for the benefit of "apple-shaped" customers trying on the latest Diamante Ruch Bandeau Dress than ministers me to keep schtum or reading complex documents on grain yields.
It's been hard work keeping schtum since receiving the letter with the seal on it, which said I was being considered for an award.
Folks, he hasn't even won a raffle" Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader "If he can't, sort of, keep schtum about his own views, if he can't give up the oxygen of publicity, if he can't stop setting down arbitrary red lines, then yes, he has to go" former Tory education secretary Nicky Morgan on Boris Johnson "As modern life has become ever more digitised, the loneliness of the elderly has intensified" Joanna Lumley "It was so amazing that I licked the examiner's face.
While we're itching to know the video's scandalous content, Myms is keeping schtum.
Now the vast majority of businesses are keeping schtum because Cameron's all over the shop with his hokey cokey in-out strategy on the European Referendum.
But when the op is a success, Jesse decides to keep schtum and bask in the glory.
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.
A few weeks ago, I urged Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid to keep schtum about their split for the sake of new baby Dolly.
The pair have been rumoured to be dating for a couple of months now, which Alex keeping schtum when our mate Clemmie off the paper quizzed her about it last month.
At first it looked like Char and Gav were going to keep schtum, but the ex lovebirds are now straying into Katie and Peter territory, vying for public sympathy.
FOR obvious reasons as a news presenter I've got to keep schtum about my political views.