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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.
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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

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He is accused of using offensive language against opposition Raila Odinga and his wife Ida a few weeks after Chief Justice David Maraga announced the Supreme Court's decision to nullify results of the August 8, 2017 presidential election,that President Uhuru Kenyatta won.The court said the words uttered among them 'wembe ni ule ule' (loosely translated as the 'razor is the same'), cannot be interpreted to mean they could cause death or bring injury upon anyone.
While the prosecution may have shown that Brito Arrate uttered the fraudulent card when he presented it to the convenience store cashier, the indictment failed to include that language.
She had uttered the forged licences to a clinic where she sought a job.
A man who uttered threats of violence towards his former partner and members of her family appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court this week.
New York [USA], April 15 ( ANI ): George Clooney made it a point that the first word uttered by his and Amal Clooney's children is 'Mama' as both the twins will soon turn one on June 1.
The accused allegedly shouted, swore, uttered offensive remarks, threw household items, uttered demands and struggled with police.
"If the situation reaches the level of divorce, then in the first instance, talaq should be uttered only once.
The spokesperson for the presidency, Ateny Wek Ateny said President Salva Kiir, in his capacity as the leader of the party met and chaired preparatory meetings of the SPLM Extra-ordinary Convention, but never uttered derogatory words.
On bended knee, he produced a ring box and uttered the words: "Catherine Louise Campbell, from Northern Ireland, will you marry me?" His girlfriend, looking stylish in a Daily Mirror poncho, looked amazed by his romantic stunt but did manage to utter yes, to happy screams from the crowd.
It also extolled the "balanced" stance uttered by Prime Minister Tammam Salam during the Summit, maintaining that Lebanon cannot flout the Arab unanimity and instead espouse individual policies.
SUKKUR -- Leader of the opposition Syed Khursheed Shah Friday said that the Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan must take back his word `Tamasha' uttered in the parliament, which the opposition parties consider it to be contemptuous remark against the opposition.
It is worth mentioning that Muqtada al-Sadr condemned the abuse for the symbols of the Sunnis, when some young people uttered on their way to visit the shrine of Imam Jawad in Kadhimiyah.
The sentiments being uttered by Obama and Cameron mirror those by Bush and Blair a decade ago, the same bland assurances, expressed with such self-confidence but without evidence to make it stick.
Awan had uttered derogatory remarks against judges after the SC ordered for an investigation by Tariq Khosa into the memo scandal.
She said, "I'd like you to buy me a new hat!" "What?" I uttered, "But you never wear hats!" "Well, it's my birthday soon," she replied, "And I could do with a nice simple hat." "Well, if you're sure I'd be happy to help," I lied.