silence is golden

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Silence is golden definition


Silence is of great value.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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silence is golden

Keeping one's mouth shut is a great virtue, as in Don't tell anyone else about itsilence is golden. Although this precise phrase was first recorded only in 1848, it is part of a much older proverb, "Speech is silver and silence is golden."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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