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Idiom: keep mum #1 (permalink) Wed Jan 11, 2006 20:43 pm   Idiom: keep mum
 

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #14 "Word of Mouth", question 9

I can only repeat that I want you to wait until Tuesday before you tell her, remember mum's the word.

(a) don't tell mum
(b) don't speak aloud
(c) don't say anything
(d) don't answer anything

English Idioms and Expressions, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #14 "Word of Mouth", answer 9

I can only repeat that I want you to wait until Tuesday before you tell her, remember don't say anything.

Correct answer: (c) don't say anything
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Don't tell mum and Don't say anything aren't the same?
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Mum's the word #2 (permalink) Wed Jan 11, 2006 21:48 pm   Mum's the word
 

Hi Keti,

Yes, they are the same. To keep mum is keep silent - probably related to the word dumb meaning not speaking.

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