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  • v. To become quiet; to cease making sounds.
  • v. To keep secret, to prevent from becoming known.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be quiet or not talk
  • v. cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error


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  • It had proved impossible to hush up the affair and the Sûreté had been forced to admit that it had been making inquiries about the young man, who was suspected not only of being a heroin addict, but also of acting as a tout for drug traffickers.

    Maigret has Scruples

  • "And, sir," begged one old man, "you'll hush up the" crowner's 'quest – you and this gentleman here.

    John Halifax, Gentleman

  • And if the townspeople laid the blame at Maigret's door, they obviously thought Etienne Naud was paying him to hush up the truth.

    Maigret's Rival

  • Sir Boyvill, only anxious to hush up the matter by which his pride had suffered, hastened to prevent his son from taking steps to re-open the subject.

    Mrs Shelley

  • It's a job for the serious fraud people, though Sir Ivan wants to hush up the whole thing and won't call them in, and of course it wouldn't save the brewery if he did.

    To The Hilt


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