be silent

See: cease
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If ye kill before midnight, be silent, and wake not the woods with your bay, Lest ye frighten the deer from the crops, and the brothers go empty away.
To speak or to be silent was equally an effort, for when they were silent they were keenly conscious of each other's presence, and yet words were either too trivial or too large.
The stout man, ceasing to be silent, became interrogative.
Fagin looked hard at the robber; and, motioning him to be silent, stooped over the bed upon the floor, and shook the sleeper to rouse him.
The Goat replied, "Why, you silly fellow, the horn will speak though I be silent.
I may be silent out of ignorance, or a kind of cleanliness,
It is out of logic that the Lebanese public should not be silent on these massacres against Syrian people, and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's saying that we should not stand silent is totally reasonable because silence on cruelty would aggravate the situation - something that affects Lebanon's interior, said the deputy.
The shirt has the phrase "We will not be silent," written on it both in English and in Arabic.
I do not wish to be silent any more, and yet, I am afraid.
Writing The Queen's Throat gave me a public voice, and immediately attendant upon that was a wish to be silent.