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not utter a word

To be completely silent; to remain discreet (about something); to not tell anyone (about something). All the while our father was shouting at us, my sister and I didn't utter a word. Tom, don't you dare utter a word about this! I would die of embarrassment if anyone were to find out.
See also: not, utter, word

not open one's mouth

 and not utter a word
Fig. not to say anything at all; not to tell something (to anyone). Don't worry, I'll keep your secret. I won't even open my mouth. Have no fear. I won't utter a word.
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

utter a word

See also: utter, word
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Utter is formerly president of Citiventure Associates LLC and managing partner of P3 West LLC in Denver.
The shutters shut," the son did utter, "and I can''t shut it any shutter.
The complete and utter failure of their economic record has never been more clear to see," Mr Cameron added.
Utter will officially joining Knoll on or about March 3, 2008.
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Savage, now at Blackburn, said before yesterday's draw with Czech Republic: "Our game is an utter shambles.
DiMare weaves into her superbly crafted narrative universal concepts that include the sacredness of family, the value of friendship, the utter baseness of child abuse, as well as the importance of music, art and literature in daily life.
Like other speakers, Brownback decried excessive government spending, but didn't utter the words "Iraq," "earmark," "lobbyist" "cronyism," "corruption," or, heaven forbid, "Delay" "Abramoff," "Ney" "Burns" or "Halliburton" Nor did any of them take responsibility for said spending, despite the fact that they legislated it.
This day, as a harvest festival, pulls us into utter gratitude for our Creator and for the earth, which is life.
An example of her appeal is the segment titled "Personal Expert," which contains 150 sphinx-like queries that reveal the utter absurdity of most of any reader's basic life assumptions.
After detailing for more than 30 pages the psychology of white male fascination with black music, Gabbard puts most readers at an utter loss when they finally turn to consider precisely what this long oration has to do with the appropriation of black presence in white films.
Some would presume that Pierce Brosnan's career reached its zenith when he was hired to utter the iconic words "Bond, James Bond" over the course of four films.
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Kelvin Utter, 37, of Fairwater, Cardiff, has now been kicked off the ITV show - on which he sang Let's Stay Together last week - after pleading guilty to assaulting her.
In addition to a lifetime of utter tone deafness, he also nearly didn't receive his graduate degree because he couldn't pass a required language course.