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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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The accused allegedly shouted, swore, uttered offensive remarks, threw household items, uttered demands and struggled with police.
The Office of the Commissioner finds no sufficient basis to discuss the matter of an alleged racist remark uttered by coach Guiao,' a PBA statement read.
We went to war in Iraq on the basis of lies uttered by fakers and conmen.
During the breakfast show, DJ Chris Evans was telling the flamboyant singer how fellow musician Jools Holland begins his day by playing the piano, when John heaved a sigh - and uttered the F-word, reports the Daily Express.
As for his part, Haig uttered concerns over the situation in Lebanon and called on the government to abide by international law and support STL.
ISLAMABAD, October 14, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister, on Thursday made a telephone call to Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and regretted the unsavoury remarks uttered by some PML(N) leaders about Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and ancestors.
Supernor allegedly uttered a false prescription for 90 7.
When Mr Cowen was pressed further on whether he uttered the word, he retorted: "Ah look, it is not on the record.
Our objective was to gain insight into the possible functions of primary and sustained songs by determining the rates at which male grasshopper sparrows uttered these songs during different stages of the breeding cycle and determining if focal males and males in adjacent territories uttered sustained songs at different rates.
I am frankly appalled by the profanities uttered by young and old alike.
Show me the man, woman, or, yes, child in a schoolyard who has not uttered the word.
The initial words out of his mouth - unprintable - scandalized the notions of traditional theater when he first uttered them more than 100 years ago.
In the black-and-white sitcom world, socially and sexually awakened citizens become colorful but must endure threatening words uttered by "colorless" members of the community.
Two words uttered from any pulpit automatically cause me to stop listening--"Garrison Keillor.
Even some gay people uttered less-than-supportive statements: "Ridiculous, if not utter insanity.