silent

(redirected from silently)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

(as) silent as the grave

Totally silent, especially as produces an ominous or foreboding effect. I knew something was wrong when I walked into the meeting room and all the members of the board were silent as the grave. I hate staying in my grandma's house. It gets as silent as the grave at nighttime, and it really creeps me out.
See also: grave, silent

silent partner

Someone who is closely associated or involved with a business or corporation, typically through financial investment, so as to share in its risks and rewards without participating in its day-to-day operations and management. Primarily heard in US. Dave's father agreed to be a silent partner when we started our company, leaving us to run it once it was set up. In an attempt to crack down on corruption, federal investigators have begun looking into various silent partners that might be financing the drug trade throughout the country.
See also: partner, silent

be (as) silent as the grave

To be totally silent, especially as produces an ominous or foreboding effect. I knew something was wrong when I walked into the meeting room and all the members of the board were silent as the grave. I hate staying in my grandma's house. It's as silent as the grave at nighttime, and it really creeps me out.
See also: grave, silent

(as) silent as the dead

Totally silent, especially as produces an ominous or foreboding effect. I knew something was wrong when I walked into the meeting room and all the members of the board were silent as the dead. I hate staying in my grandma's house. It gets as silent as the dead at nighttime, and it really creeps me out.
See also: dead, silent

the silent majority

A majority of people who hold a certain opinion but do not state it publicly. Although the polls suggested the newcomer would be defeated in the election, the silent majority apparently wanted her in office.
See also: majority, silent

give (one) the silent treatment

To deliberately avoid talking to one out of anger at them. Well, I must have done something wrong because he's been giving me the silent treatment all week.
See also: give, silent, treatment

get the silent treatment

To have someone ignore one out of anger. Well, I must have done something wrong because I've been getting the silent treatment from him all week.
See also: get, silent, treatment

the silent treatment

A punishment in which one completely ignores or refuses to speak to someone. I didn't think he would be so offended by my joke, but he's been giving me the silent treatment for days now.
See also: silent, treatment

*silent as the dead

 and *silent as the grave
completely silent. (Has ominous connotations because of the reference to death. Usually used to promise someone that you will be silent and therefore not betray a secret. *Also: as ~.) I knew something was wrong as soon as I entered the classroom; everyone was silent as the dead. Jessica is as silent as the grave on the subject of her first marriage. If you tell me what Katy said about me, I promise to be as silent as the grave.
See also: dead, silent

the strong, silent type

a strong, quiet man. Clark looks like the strong, silent type. Actually he is slightly deaf and that's fat, not muscle.
See also: silent, type

silent majority

A group that makes up a majority of voters but does not widely express its views through marches or demonstrations. For example, They thought they had a convincing case, but they hadn't counted on the silent majority. This idiom was first recorded in 1874 but gained currency in the 1960s, when President Richard Nixon claimed that his policies were supported by a majority of citizens who did not bother to make their views known.
See also: majority, silent

strong silent type

A man of action who is reserved and masks his feelings. For example, Paula always preferred the strong silent type to more extroverted men. Almost never used for a woman, this expression may be obsolescent. [c. 1900]
See also: silent, strong, type

the silent majority

The silent majority in a country or a group are the large group of people who do not express their opinions publicly. If he talks about a silent majority in favour of this, I think he is mistaken. His consistently poor judgment is a source of deep concern to the silent majority of party members.
See also: majority, silent

give someone the silent treatment

If you give someone the silent treatment, you do not speak to them for a period of time because you are annoyed with them. He fully expected his mother to give him the silent treatment.

silent (or quiet) as the grave

very quiet.
See also: grave, silent

the silent majority

the majority of people, regarded as holding moderate opinions but rarely expressing them.
This phrase was first particularly associated with the US President Richard Nixon , who claimed in his 1968 presidential election campaign to speak for this segment of society.
1998 Spectator Independent-thinking columnists claimed a silent majority loathed Di mania and maybe they were right.
See also: majority, silent

the silent treatment

a stubborn refusal to talk to someone, especially after a recent argument or disagreement.
2000 Independent Since the complaint, Ms Thomas , who has worked for the City police since 1994 , claims she has been given the silent treatment.
See also: silent, treatment

give somebody/get the ˈsilent treatment

refuse to talk to somebody, usually because you are angry with them; be treated in this way: Are you going to talk to me now, or are you still giving me the silent treatment?

(as) ˌsilent as the ˈgrave

without any noise at all: The playground, which had been filled with the noises of children at play, suddenly became silent as the grave.
See also: grave, silent

the ˌsilent maˈjority

the large number of people in a country who think the same as each other, but do not express their views publicly: The government is appealing to the silent majority to support its foreign policy.The US President, Richard Nixon, used this phrase during the Vietnam War.
See also: majority, silent

silent but deadly

and SBD
mod. [pertaining to a release of intestinal gas] soundless but smelling horribly. Who floated that SBD air biscuit?
See also: but, deadly, silent
References in periodicals archive ?
Such research has supported the link of speech to the process of reading silently.
It's not uncommon to hear stories like these from customers:</p> <pre> As a consumer, I have been part of this silently dissatisfied group: A few years ago, I decided that I simply could not survive another baseball season without seeing broadcasts of my favorite team's games.
Try this: To access spirit within movement, silently ask your own spirit to guide your movement.
of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn, To illustrate this, he suggests a variation of Jersild's procedure: Say the alphabet out loud quickly repeating it silently and quickly Then alternate between saying letters aloud and silently The last step should both be more difficult and take longer (Curr.
I silently read The New Jerusalem Revelation, ch21, v1-7.
The TIA program has been developing silently at the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), under the direction of Rear Admiral John Poindexter.
A REASSURANCE[TM] Back-Up Power System will instantly and silently power non-life-supporting equipment during an unexpected power outage or brownout, providing back-up electricity until utility power is restored.
GUITAR genius Nils Lofgren shone, but not silently, in a stunning set with his superb band.
As the Deployment Support Command flag was cased for the last time, a proud figure stood silently on the sidelines.
Just as this short period of quiet serves the religious interests of those students who wish to pray silently, it serves the secular interests of those who do not wish to do so.
I don't know who deserves to be more vilified: the bottom-feeding leeches who have made ambulance chasing and perverting the law into an art form; their plaintiffs bar brethren, who by doing nothing are silently condoning this behavior; the jurors who deposit their backbone and common sense at the entrance to the jury box; or the judges who hide behind arcane laws while throwing up their hands in despair saying that they are powerless to do otherwise.
And "How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given"?
The importance of word separation by space is unquestionable, for it freed the intellectual faculties of the reader, permitting all texts to be read silently, that is, with eyes alone.
MARY TEBBETTS, watching her moody husband, Birdie Tebbetts, the Detroit manager, silently staring into their glowing fireplace: "What inning are you playing now, dear?
Because I, as the last "darkie" on earth, must Silently recite my prayers to myself,