wall of silence


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wall of silence

1. An unspoken policy of concealment by police regarding the wrongdoing or illicit activity of other officers. A variation on the phrase "blue wall of silence." I respect police, but it's hard to trust them completely when so many stories of the wall of silence come to light.
2. Constant silence, often due to unhappiness or secrecy. Ever since my husband found out that I lied to him, there's been a wall of silence between us. Mom can never know that I broke her vase, OK? There's a wall of silence, starting now.
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She reviews the 2008 reports of the Tribunal, detailing its findings of specific abuse, as well as its conclusions regarding the "blue wall of silence" (the informal code of loyalty among police).
"The most effective way is to break the wall of silence around it," Suzanne Mubarak, wife of Egypt's president, told the assembly of 1,200 government and NGO representatives, legislators, business leaders and trafficking victims from 116 countries.
The Church That Forgot Christ is a shocking read in many ways: shocking to hear the sordid details of behind-the-scenes abuse, scandal, and cover-up; shocking to read of such a devout man's heart torn asunder; shocking to read the outrage and damning language of a true believer; shocking to read of the official wall of silence and denial; and of course, as always, it is shocking to hear the very simple, yet so strongly condemned (by some) and ignored (by most) message, "Could we simply have some Christianity put back in Christianity?" But I think that endless battle for common human decency, honesty, and humility is what Christ's message and death was all about.
Detectives investigating the death of an out-of-work actor say they have met a wall of silence in a former pit village.
Impeded by a wall of silence covering up the original injustice, Conlon is only able to prove his innocence after 14 years of imprisonment and the death of his father.
Commercial considerations are understood to have cost Pridham his job, but yesterday the committee maintained the wall of silence which has been in place since late on Friday, when a one-line statement revealed that he was no longer employed by the track.
The wall of silence erected by Brussels left the Commission with no option but to refer the case on March 20, 1998 before the Court of Justice.
That being the case, the virtual wall of silence which enfolded the major news item of 1998 was wholly predictable.
Until recently women in the military who were sexually harassed faced a wall of silence like that confronting gays and lesbians, although for different reasons.
Her father, a New Yorker writer himself, tried to report on Chinatown in the thirties and was thwarted by a wall of silence. Perhaps driven by his faflure, she leaps with admirable courage into a much changed Chinatown and manages to emerge with some sharply observed and even revelatory anecdotes.
THE parents of murdered Toxteth teenager Yusuf Sonko have penned an open letter on the anniversary of his death urging people to "break this wall of silence".
own life Police told me nobody wanted to speak out against Eddie PAL STEPHEN WARNER ON THE WALL OF SILENCE
faces a wall of silence as he tries to get to the truth.
A no-nonsense US Marshal is sent to a remote hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient, but faces a wall of silence as he tries to get to the truth.
Again the taxi driver has not come forward and once more the city's cabbies close rank and maintain a wall of silence. Despite police appeals it is unlikely the driver will come forward or any of his colleagues will provide the police with information.