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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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Ingram was charged with uttering a false prescription.
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.
Sizemore was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for counts of violating the controlled substance law, uttering a false prescription and attempting to commit a crime of uttering a false document.
24, and awaiting trial on charges of distributing 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.
24, and awaiting trial on charges of violating the controlled substance law, uttering a false prescription and attempting to commit a crime of uttering a false document.
on a warrant for eight counts of violating a controlled substances law, uttering a false prescription and attempting to commit a crime of uttering a false document.
Sizemore was also arraigned Monday in East Brookfield District Court on two counts of uttering a forged prescription and two counts of attempting to commit a crime of uttering a false document.
23, charged with three counts of violating the controlled substances laws; and uttering a false prescription; Christopher Marshall, 21, 87 Maple St.
O'Brien was also charged in Worcester District Court with 44 counts of conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act, 17 counts of uttering a false prescription, 17 counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and 17 counts of filing false health care claims, according to the police report
Brooks was charged with uttering a false prescription and forgery in connection to his alleged attempt to get methadone from Family Pharmacy.
Maroni has a warrant out of Greenfield that charged him with forgery, uttering a false prescription and larceny under $250 by false pretense.
Graves also have warrants in connection to a separate case in Gardner for forgery, uttering a false check and larceny over $250.
Field researchers in Africa have observed male vervet monkeys attracting females by uttering the vervet word for ``food,'' Marler said.