Meaning: general agreement to keep silent about a subject for the sake of secrecy.
Example: Healthcare professionals create a conspiracy of silence due to the fear of legal proceedings, corrective action, or punishment. Read on
Meaning: say little or nothing about one's opinions or intentions.
Example: I doubted what he said, but I kept my own counsel. Read on
Meaning: to ask someone to shut up
Example: The teacher had asked the class to zip it but today everybody seemed to want to talk a lot. So she punished the entire class. Read on
Meaning: to keep quiet when one would rather speak
Example: When she said that she was very hardworking I had to hold my tongue. Read on
Meaning: it is often better to say nothing at all
Example: Do not tell your mom that I broke her vase! Remember, silence is golden. Read on
Meaning: to stop speaking
Example: "His continuous talking makes me wish he could button his lip." Read on
Meaning: to take to one or more notches down to its current standard
Example: The exercise was piped down for the audiences because the original would have been too difficult for the crowd to follow. Read on
Meaning: to keep yourself from saying something that you really want to say
Example: I had to bite my tongue when Peter said that he was hard-working. Read on
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The Idioms Dictionary explains common English idioms that are popular worldwide, especially in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand.