One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An agreement to say nothing about an issue that should be generally known.
- ‘So there'll be a conspiracy of silence about it.’
- ‘It's not a conspiracy; it's not a conspiracy of silence.’
- ‘Perhaps for obvious reasons, there seems to have been a conspiracy of silence among most European politicians during the past fifty years on the subject of Confederation.’
- ‘In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot.’
- ‘The only difference is that this bout of political lying is buttressed by a bipartisan conspiracy of silence in which media commentators and bloggers alike are complicit.’
- ‘Society imposes a conspiracy of silence around rape.’
- ‘There's a conspiracy of silence around this issue.’
- ‘The remarkable thing, however, is that far from bringing this fact in itself to the attention of their own public, the western media impose a conspiracy of silence and instead merely collude with the propaganda of violent conflict.’
- ‘There were also calls to revive the issues that had been subject to a debilitating conspiracy of silence.’
- ‘This will help to break the conspiracy of silence.’
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