hush-hush

Definitions

  • HUSH-A-BY BABY
    HUSH-A-BY BABY
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hush-hush conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods "clandestine intelligence operations","cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines","hole-and-corner intrigue","secret missions","a secret agent","secret sales of arms","surreptitious mobilization of troops","an undercover investigation","underground resistance"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hush-a-bye, baby Hush-a-bye, baby
Hush-a-by Baby music Hush-a-by Baby music

Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “America had often been discovered before Columbus, but it had always been hushed up.”

Idioms

Hush-hush - If something is hush-hush it is confidential.
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Usage

In literature:

There was a strange little hush filling the courtroom.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
In quiet tones we chatted about various things, until about one o'clock, when all became hushed and still.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Gradually a hush stole over the House.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
But hush, my dear, your husband is speaking.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Yesterday a man died, crying for the band to hush.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Against the walls the other nurses and doctors stood quiet as wooden figures, while the wounded were hushed to unaccustomed silences.
"The Red Cross Girls with the Russian Army" by Margaret Vandercook
Hush, ye songsters, day is done, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Little one, tell mother; what thoughts hast thou when the night comes down and the wide earth hushes into drowsy crooning?
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Gradually the fortress was wrapped in a hush.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
Hush, ye songsters, day is done, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
There was a hush at last, as a step was heard descending the stairs, and in a minute their father entered.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Their sudden hush recalled him with a start.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Or, perhaps, a woman who was not hushed by panic, but by deliberation.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
The hush seemed oppressive after so much gay confusion.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
The white road gleamed dimly, and beyond the hushed valley the hills loomed vague against a black, starlit sky.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
A sudden hush fell over the crowd, which waited expectantly, no one moving.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
And there Elinor took refuge in the quiet and hush of the declining day.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
Snagsby too, that seemly domestic barometer, looked extraordinarily hushed and grave.
"The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman" by H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Peter Hush is a Whisperer often met with in the ranks of life.
"Talkers" by John Bate
How profound the hush!
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson
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In poetry:

O'er the brooding Summer
A green hush clings,
Save the sound of weaving
Wee, soft things:
Everywhere a mother
Weaves and sings.
"The Weavers" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
"Hush, child!" the father answered,
"By His decree man fell;
His ways are in clouds and darkness,
But He doeth all things well.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
(But oh! the bitter grief that I
Kept hushed, the wild despair,
When your dear eyes had passed me by
To find her face so fair.)
"The Other" by Anna Johnston MacManus
Then sadly, sadly down the vale,
And wearily through the rushes,
Where sunlight of the noon is pale,
And e'en the zephyr hushes.
"The Creek" by Madison Julius Cawein
And low and sweet that song of sleep
After the song of love is hushed;
While all the longing, here, to weep,
Is held and crushed.
"Tones" by Madison Julius Cawein
"It is some deed that I have done,
Some sin I wrought, long, long ago;
But hush! am I the only one?
Wherefore am I then troubled so?
"Haunted" by Charles Hanson Towne

In news:

AMC's Backstory tackles Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
The Very First Photo Tour of Suna's Hush-Hush Capitol Hill Location (Pictures).
Hush-Hush : Undercover and Underground at the Second Avenue Subway Site.
HUSH Festival This Saturday, Check Out The Performers.
Four days away from HUSH HUSH and we have another free download from one of the groups performing on Saturday September 24th.
The empty chair and a hushed history.
In Painful Past, Hushed Worry About Obama.
Once- hushed history now 'terrorism tourism'.
The Master Cast Hushed on L. The stars of The Master, the new movie that is not about Scientology but may actually be about Scientology, were not very forthcoming about the film's possible religious inspiration.
I'm a Florida Gator (hush, we don't play the Buffs) and I could never crawl into the pants of a Florida State Semenhole.
Hush appoints Alba and more.
People news from Motion Theory, HUSH , and more.
(AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were able to hush their critics — for one day, at least — with a convincing road win against previously unbeaten Houston.
(AP) – Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were able to hush their critics – for one day, at least – with a convincing road win against previously unbeaten Houston.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers were able to hush their critics -- for one day, at least -- with a convincing road win against previously unbeaten Houston.
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