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Hush up   /həʃ əp/   Listen
Hush up

verb
1.
Cover up a misdemeanor, fault, or error.  Synonyms: gloss over, sleek over, whitewash.  "She tried to gloss over her mistakes"
2.
Cause to be quiet or not talk.  Synonyms: hush, quieten, shut up, silence, still.






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"Hush up" Quotes from Famous Books



... on my brow when I think of the cajoling and bribing and blustering and lying I had to practise in order to hush up the matter. As for Liosha, both Jaffery and I rated her soundly. I explained loftily that not so many years ago, transportation, lifelong imprisonment, death were the penalties for the felony which ...
— Jaffery • William J. Locke

... political questions that concern them as well as the men. Workingmen know little or nothing about conditions in many branches of industry, where women are mainly, or exclusively, engaged. Employers have all the interest in the world to hush up evils that they are responsible for. Factory inspection frequently does not extend to branches of industry in which women are exclusively employed: such as it is, it is utterly inadequate: and yet these are the very branches in which protective ...
— Woman under socialism • August Bebel

... will be after us all if you don't hush up," called one boy. "I guess she's coming," which had the desired effect. All the ...
— Five Little Peppers at School • Margaret Sidney

... I gained of a desire to conceal, to hush up, what I had tried to express in my book, led me to ...
— The Kingdom of God is within you • Leo Tolstoy

... be busy with your own affairs," retorted Warren. "I have been busy writing my confession. Here is the manuscript. I will baffle all your efforts to hush up the affairs of the 'Lobster Club.' Furthermore, my confession," (and he exultantly waved a mass of manuscript at his visitor,) "will send young Van Cleft to prison for perjury on the certificate of his father's death. Captain Cronin, that prince of blockheads, ...
— The Voice on the Wire • Eustace Hale Ball

... He did not dare contend with the puritanical party, with the more conservative minority in the senate,—the friends of Tiberius,—over this second victim in his family. Without a doubt everything possible was done to hush up the scandal, and there would scarcely have come down to us even a summary notice of the exile of the second Julia had it not been that among those exiled with her was the poet Ovid, who was to fill twenty ...
— The Women of the Caesars • Guglielmo Ferrero

... man comes back breathing slaughter. For the King, afraid to put Hamlet on his trial (a course likely to raise the question of his own behaviour at the play, and perhaps to provoke an open accusation),[62] has attempted to hush up the circumstances of Polonius's death, and has given him a hurried and inglorious burial. The fury of Laertes, therefore, is directed in the first instance against the King: and the ease with which he raises ...
— Shakespearean Tragedy - Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth • A. C. Bradley

... day this happened, there were three dead children in the clachan, and a panic and consternation spread about the burial of them when James Bane's insurrection was known, which made both me and the session glad to hush up the affair, that the heart of the public might have no more than the sufferings of individuals to hurt it.—Thus ended a year, on many accounts, heavy to ...
— The Annals of the Parish • John Galt

... keep back, keep to oneself; keep snug, keep close, keep secret, keep dark; bury; sink, suppress; keep from, keep from out of view, keep from out of sight; keep in the shade, throw into the shade, throw into background; stifle, hush up, smother, withhold, reserve; fence with a question; ignore &c 460. keep a secret, keep one's own counsel; hold one's tongue &c (silence) 585; make no sign, not let it go further; not breathe a word, not breathe a syllable about; not let the right hand know what the left ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... "Hush up!" said Gypsy, quickly. "Tom won't let us go, if you act so. Don't you suppose four grown men know better than we do whether it's safe? I'm ...
— Gypsy Breynton • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

... "what is going to happen to us if you will not come to terms? You know that you have given your word to hush up this matter." ...
— Pan Tadeusz • Adam Mickiewicz

... MSS. Comm., XI. pt. 7, p. 13)—Depositions in which Sir Henry Morgan is represented as endeavouring to hush up the matter, saying "the privateers were poore, honest fellows," to which the plundered captain replied "that he ...
— The Buccaneers in the West Indies in the XVII Century • Clarence Henry Haring

... had been sealed. He must draw courage from his happiness before he could bring himself to do a deed on which, as he inwardly told himself, people would be certain to put a bad construction. Still (and this was the thought that decided him) he counted on his aunt and father to hush up the affair; he even counted on Chesnel. Chesnel would think of one more compromise. Besides, "this business," as he called it in his thoughts, was the only way of raising money on the family estate. With three hundred thousand ...
— The Jealousies of a Country Town • Honore de Balzac

... "Hush up, you little rascal!" ordered George. He felt very sleepy, and he was angry at being aroused. But Waggie went on barking until he had succeeded in awakening Macgreggor and Watson, and convincing his master that ...
— Chasing an Iron Horse - Or, A Boy's Adventures in the Civil War • Edward Robins

... "Now you hush up," said Fred, reddening. "I was only in fun—of course I was! You needn't say anything, Will Parlin; a boy ...
— Little Grandfather • Sophie May

... the bill in his notebook. "If you prefer a public explanation, it must come sooner or later," said he. "I have already told you that I can hush up that which others will be bound to publish, and you would really be wiser to take me ...
— The Return of Sherlock Holmes • Arthur Conan Doyle

... "Ruey, do hush up," said Miss Roxy, frowning sternly down from under the shadow of a preternatural black straw bonnet, trimmed with huge bows of black ribbon, which head-piece sat above her curls like a helmet. "Don't be a-gettin' sentimental, ...
— The Pearl of Orr's Island - A Story of the Coast of Maine • Harriet Beecher Stowe

... The Butlers were too weak to resist this combination; and inasmuch as they were themselves always loyal when a Geraldine was in power, and the Geraldines were disloyal when a Butler was in power, the desire to hush up the difficulty, and to secure a show of quiet, led to the consistent preference ...
— History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Death of Elizabeth. Vol. II. • James Anthony Froude

... "'Hush up, you old locoed road runner,' I interrupts. 'Did you ever notice your Uncle Buck locking doors against trouble? I'm not married,' says I, 'but I'm as big a d——n fool as any Mormon. One from four leaves three,' says I, and I gathers ...
— Roads of Destiny • O. Henry

... man who has spent all his life out there. He's going to sail with us. Now hush up for a minute, both of you. From Honolulu we go direct to the Malay coast, cutting in through the Philippines without stopping. On the way back we can do all the visiting ...
— The Pirate Shark • Elliott Whitney

... "Oh, hush up!" says she. "Do anything you like with him!" And hanged if she don't bang up the receiver at that, and leave me standin' there at my end ...
— Odd Numbers - Being Further Chronicles of Shorty McCabe • Sewell Ford

... only don't you stretch that too far," said Joan warningly, "or no good 'ull come of it; and be foreright in all you do, and spake the truth to un. I've many a time wished I could, but with this to hide o' that one's and that to hush up o' t'other's, I know he holds me for a downright liard; and so I am ...
— Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880. • Various

... "Hush up, Georgie K.," said Doctor Gordon. The other man turned and looked at him keenly, but the doctor's imperturbable, smiling face was on the sport. Georgie K.'s great pink face grew grave. Every time Albert Dodd fired the ...
— 'Doc.' Gordon • Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman

... general cry. "And, sir," begged one old man, "you'll hush up the 'crowner's 'quest—you and this gentleman here. You won't put us in jail, for taking to the road, ...
— John Halifax, Gentleman • Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

... "done well" exactly as she had sometimes heard me speak of something that hadn't—with just two or three words of respect which, when I used them, seemed to convey more than they commonly stood for, seemed to hush up the discussion a little, as if for the very beauty of ...
— Embarrassments • Henry James

... "Hush up about lights, boy," commanded their captor. "Youall don't see no lights. They ain't no lights there ...
— Boy Scouts in Southern Waters • G. Harvey Ralphson

... thieves, they'se stole a year's work—the white—" But some one called, "Hush up, Sanders! There's a white woman." And he threw a startled look at Mary and hurried by. She was perplexed and upset and stood hesitating a moment when she ...
— The Quest of the Silver Fleece - A Novel • W. E. B. Du Bois

... Diabolus hush up, and quiet the town of Mansoul, when the Recorder, that was, did at times molest them; yea, and with such cursed orations as these would set the whole town in a rage and fury against the old gentleman; yea, the rascal crew at some times would be for destroying of him. They have often wished, in my ...
— The Works of John Bunyan • John Bunyan

... said Barbara in a hurry, as somebody came down toward them in pursuit of a ball, "to hush up, and let me have it all to myself for a while? And then," she added, as the stray ball was driven up the lawn again, and the player went away after it, "come some day and help us get it up at Westover? it's such a thing, you see, ...
— We Girls: A Home Story • Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

... was still in a warlike mood, however, and left Doctor Wells with the promise of getting at the root of the whole matter and exonerating his son. On the occasion of his second visit, however, his attitude was quite different. He now wished to hush up the whole affair and treat the thing as an unfortunate incident which could not be too quickly forgotten. Tracey Campbell would not return to Ridgley School. As soon as he recovered sufficiently to travel his father intended to send him to Florida. From ...
— The Mark of the Knife • Clayton H. Ernst



Words linked to "Hush up" :   shout down, louden, stamp down, cover up, subdue, suppress, calm down, cover, quiet, conquer, quiesce, lull, inhibit, sleek over, gloss over, pipe down, curb, shush, muzzle, silence, gag, quiet down



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