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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It is in those parts of music which are not yet utterable. (9)
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Chafe claims that in the derivation (moving from meaning to sound), there must be a conversion of semantic units into utterable phonetic elements -- what he calls a "symbolization of meaning", with semantics as the starting point in this process.
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But, according to Hamburger, outside of fiction these verbs can be applied solely to the first person: they are only utterable on the basis of the subjective interiority they describe, since we only have access to our own interiority.
The characteristic will be first a written language: "This writing or language (if the characters were rendered utterable) could be quickly adopted in the world because it could be learned in just a few weeks, and would provide the means for communicating everywhere" (GP VII, p.
If not publicly utterable, can suffering be comprehended and contemplated?
Compared to all the words utterable by our species, not only in the English language but also in every tongue across the globe, this word encompasses the primal, unredeemable depravity of humankind.