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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The hostility of the liberal-left Big Media was not the only problem; the cowardice of the "conservatives" was equally, if not more, harmful to our effort to breach the wall of silence.
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?
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.
Unfortunately, the situation is, given the lack of co-operation from any witnesses and a wall of silence, it seems the family is not going to have justice.
Questions from the Mirror about criminal investigations, or whether disciplinary action has been taken, were all met with a wall of silence from bank chiefs last night.
THE hunt to find the arsonists who sparked a devastating blaze at a former library is being hampered by a wall of silence.
A WALL of silence surrounds a top policeman who's been on gardening leave for more than 30 months - but been paid more than PS104,000 a year.
Enrique was expected back at United's training centre today to undergo fitness testing ahead of the new season but it will also present Alan Pardew with an opportunity to sit down face to face with the unsettled Spaniard this summer following a wall of silence from the ex-La Liga man.