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hush up

Meaning: to try to keep something secret, especially something that could damage the reputation of a person or an organization

Synonym: cover up

For example:

  • hush up sth Governments try to hush up anything that could damage their chances of being re-elected, such as corruption charges.

  • hush sth up When it became clear that he had died of a drug overdose, his family tried to hush it up.

Quick Quiz:

Drug companies have been known to hush up results of studies that show their drugs could
  1. help people
  2. harm people
  3. cure people

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