break silence

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As soon as the play, which was Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, began, Partridge was all attention, nor did he break silence till the entrance of the ghost; upon which he asked Jones, "What man that was in the strange dress; something," said he, "like what I have seen in a picture.
The princess, holding her little dog on her lap with her thin bony hands, looked attentively into Prince Vasili's eyes evidently resolved not to be the first to break silence, if she had to wait till morning.
The more my excitable neighbor tried to dispute with him, the more contemptuously he refused to break silence.
Mr Lillyvick was waxing so cross, that Mrs Kenwigs thought it expedient to motion to Nicholas not to say anything; and it was not until Miss Petowker had practised several blandishments, to soften the excellent old gentleman, that he deigned to break silence by asking,
Community Alliance Of Lane County - The alliance will perform "A Time to Break Silence," Martin Luther King Jr.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Representative of the Jewish minority at the Iranian Parliament Siamak Marreh Sedq strongly condemned Israel's recent attacks on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and said that the time is now ripe for the international community to break silence on Tel Aviv's criminal acts.
Addressing the rally, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed called upon the Muslim community to break silence and get united to save the innocent people and children of Gaza.
WASHINGTON -- Former prime minister of Azad Kashmir and central leader of Pakistan Peoples Party Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry said Kashmiris are struggling for their right to self-determination and now international community should break silence on Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
LG Nexus 5 will likely break silence on October 31, 2013 as launching in the United States and Canada.
Building on this schema, Eviatar Zerubavel considers conspiracies of silence and the fundamental difference between those who break silence and whistleblowers.
Team members break silence on Bhutia and Houghton's politics