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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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Douglas Allen was charged with 23 counts of conspiracy to violate a drug law and one count each of uttering a false prescription and obtaining a drug by fraud.
Hazen was charged with three counts each of uttering a false prescription, conspiracy to violate drug laws and obtaining a drug by fraud and two counts of making a false health-care claim.
Such a multifaceted, ambiguously authored text can be a rich mine for philosophical and literary analysis, and Uttering the Word succeeds through five dense chapters in placing the text under microscopic examination, utilizing the ideas of de Certeau, Barthes, and especially Lacan to deep and original effect.
The lawyer was also charged with another count of handling stolen property and uttering false documents and it was also alleged that she uttered a forged document to the Salad Boru the Makueni IEBC Returning officer.
Anthony Allen was arraigned in Gardner District Court Wednesday on two counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act, uttering a false prescription obtained by fraud, conspiracy to violate drug laws and submitting a false health-care claim.
ISLAMABAD, May 24, 2010 (Frontier Star): PML-N Quaid, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has summoned Makhdoom Javed Hashmi for uttering statements regarding the leadership in a party meeting to be held on Tuesday (Today) in Murree.
With trembling jowls, a rich spray of spittle, and other hallmarks of righteous Republican rage, Newt went after the wily Chung for allowing such a low word to be uttered in the presence of his or any mother, never mind that she had done the uttering herself.
'In fact, I could not remember uttering to Argosino those words,' the justice secretary said.
As a result of the search, Thomas Flanagan, 48, was arrested on a warrant Sunday and charged with distribution of a class C drug, possession of class B, C, and E drugs, uttering a false prescription, uttering of a false prescription, subsequent offense, and forgery of a document.
Flanagan is charged with outstanding warrants for distributing and possession of Class B, C, and E drugs (pills) uttering a false prescription; uttering a false prescription, subsequent offense; and forgery of a document.
1, Worcester, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug law, uttering false prescription, obtaining drugs by fraud and filing a false health care claim.
Brooks was charged with uttering a false prescription and forgery in connection to his alleged attempt to get methadone from Family Pharmacy.
Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi ruled that the legislator had no case to answer because the prosecution failed to authenticate the source of the video in which he was allegedly captured uttering the inciting words.
" Thus, it is clear from the trial court's statements that it found that Brito Arrate was guilty of uttering the forged card (although it did not expressly disclaim that the evidence proved making or embossing).
The technician also pleaded guilty to charges of uttering a forged document purporting it to be genuine.