hush up

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hush up (third-person singular simple present hushes up, present participle hushing up, simple past and past participle hushed up)

  1. (intransitive, informal) To become quiet; to cease making sounds.
    Synonyms: hush, hush down, quiet down, quieten down, shut up
    Hush up now; you have talked too much.
  2. (transitive, informal) To silence.
    Some people say he knew too much and they killed him to hush him up.
  3. (transitive) To keep secret, to prevent from becoming known.
    They hushed up the suicide to prevent bad publicity.
    • 1841 February–November, Charles Dickens, “Barnaby Rudge”, in Master Humphrey’s Clock, volume II, London: Chapman & Hall, [], →OCLC, chapter 33, page 128:
      As he took John Willet's view of the matter in regard to the propriety of not bruiting the tale abroad, unless the spirit should appear to him again, in which case it would be necessary to take immediate counsel with the clergyman, it was solemnly resolved that it should be hushed up and kept quiet.


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