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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The investigators said that they believed the cockpit's voice recorders provided evidence that it was Batouty uttering an Arabic expression that has been translated as ``I put my trust in God.
1, Worcester, is charged with conspiracy to violate drug law, uttering false prescription, obtaining drugs by fraud and filing a false health care claim.
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
One highlight occurs when Bankhead coaxes a large shot of bourbon out of sexually ambivalent David while uttering lasciviously, ``I'm the only one in this household who knows what to do with a stiff one.
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.
Field researchers in Africa have observed male vervet monkeys attracting females by uttering the vervet word for ``food,'' Marler said.