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To stop talking, or to not say anything - synonyms or related words

fall silent

to stop talking or making a noise



to stop talking, crying, or making a noise, or to make someone do this

dry up

to stop talking because you do not know what to say



to stop speaking, or to speak with pauses between the words, because you are nervous or upset

clam up

to suddenly stop talking or explaining something, because you are embarrassed, unhappy, or want to keep a secret

shut up


to stop talking or making a noise

hold your tongue

to say nothing, although you want to speak

keep your mouth shut

to not say anything

bite your tongue/lip

to stop yourself from saying something that might upset or annoy someone

let something drop/rest

to stop talking about something


sea lion

in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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