Hold one's peace

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hold one's peace to keep silence
    • Hold one's peace to be silent
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pais (Fr. paix)—L. pax, pacis, peace.

Usage

In literature:

Is it nothing to hold one's peace?
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Where it is so simple if not so easy a thing to hold one's peace, why add to the general confusion of tongues?
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
But I knew by this time how to counter his stroke, which was to hold one's peace, as if one cared nothing about the matter.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
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In news:

Victory Outreach Moreno Valley Church on Saturday, Dec 1, is holding a peace march through what it calls one of the city's highest-crime areas.
Most of the country's critical for consolidating Sierra Leone 's hard-won peace You have only one Sierra Leone — hold her like an Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone contributed to this.
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