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Hush, Bella, interrupting her, because I don't deserve it—I know you were going to say so.

Kitty dropped on the floor at Helen's feet; the hush in the room was breathless.

There was a short consultation, the hush of something wrong, and a murmur of an objection.

And it made us hush down, too, and talk low, like people at a funeral.

For a while, she listened to the pleasant murmur of the sea, which was like a voice saying "Hush!"

And all was hush and silent as the grave for our very lives.

"Hush—not so loud, Clarence; here she comes," said his companion.

From the hush of these places, it is congenial to pass into the hushed resorts of business.

There was a hush of attention among them as the lieutenant and I saluted.

He felt a vacancy in him, a need for the hush and quietude of the stream and the cave in the cliff.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, variant of Middle English huisht (late 14c.), probably of imitative origin, with terminal -t lost probably by being mistaken for a past tense suffix. Hush-hush (adj.) is 1916 reduplication. Related: Hushed; hushing. The noun is attested from 1680s. As an interjection meaning "be quiet," attested by c.1600. To hush (one's) mouth "be quiet" is attested from 1878. Hush up "suppress talk for secrecy's sake" is from 1630s. Hush-money is attested from 1709. Hush-puppy "deep-fried ball of cornmeal batter" first attested 1899; as a type of lightweight soft shoe, it is a proprietary name, registered 1961.

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