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To stop talking, or to not say anything - thesaurus


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

impolite 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

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close up

to refuse to talk about your true feelings or thoughts



to stop talking about something, especially because it is embarrassing someone



to stop talking because you have forgotten what you were going to say

keep from

to not tell someone something

keep/leave someone dangling

to not tell someone what is going to happen or when it will happen

kick something into touch

to stop discussing an idea, suggestion, problem etc because it is clear that you cannot achieve or solve it

not get a word in edgeways

to not manage to say something because another person is talking a lot

spare someone the details

to not tell someone every detail about something because it is too boring, personal, or unpleasant



informal to refuse to give information

take/plead the Fifth (Amendment)

to say that you do not want to answer a question

withdraw/retreat into your shell

to become shy and stop talking to people



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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