(someone had) better keep quiet about it

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(someone had) better keep quiet about it

(Someone had) better not say anything about a particular issue or situation. "Someone" can be used in the phrase itself, especially when the listener already knows who the speaker is talking about. A: "I think Jake knows that we doctored the numbers in that report." B: "Well, someone had better keep quiet about it then." Better keep quiet about it so that the boss doesn't suspect anything. If she knows that the damning claims are true, then she better keep quiet about it—they could destroy the whole company.
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