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keep quiet

1.
Also, keep still.
2.
Also, be quiet or still . Remain silent; same as hold one's tongue For example, Please keep quiet about the party . Also see keep one's mouth shut
3.
Refrain from moving, stay in the same position; same as hold still. For example, The doctor gave the young boy a toy to keep him quiet while on the examining table, or It's hard for the baby to keep still unless he's sleeping. [ Late 1300s ]
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  • Only most people either don't formulate it to themselves, or else keep quiet about it.

    Ghosts Henrik Ibsen
  • You'd think he ought to keep quiet about your doin's, wouldn't ye, now?

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Johnny and I liked nothing better than to keep quiet and listen to them.

    Gold Stewart White
  • You asked us all to keep quiet about it and not to tell a soul, and I supposed you meant just that.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The landlord led Alfred to the parlor, commanding him to keep quiet and not cause further disturbance.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field

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