Definition of keep quiet in English:

keep quiet


  • Refrain from speaking or from disclosing something secret.

    ‘The secret that kept him quiet about his brother was frightening.’
    • ‘After a dazzling full debut for England, a media boycott kept him quiet.’
    • ‘We tended to think the UN was keeping Europe quiet.’
    • ‘Fear of the sniggering schoolboy joke will keep us quiet.’
    • ‘No consideration, whether of party or convenience, should keep us quiet when we see or suspect a wrong done.’
    • ‘He just jabs us in the chest with an accusatory finger and hopes that guilt at our ignorance will keep us quiet.’
    • ‘The board tries to keep her quiet, but that's not easy.’
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