not say/breathe a word


: to not talk (about something)
Don't say/breathe a word about this to anyone.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Arum instructed Ali to not say a word, to not spook Wilt. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2021 Mitina did not say a word during the entire interaction, the video shows. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 30 July 2020 The most disappointing part was not what was said by the two guys, but the fact that everyone in the stands sat around and did not say a word. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 19 June 2020

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“Not say/breathe a word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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