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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HUSHED

My heart fluttered as I rose to comply with the demand, and the chapel was hushed.

Annie hushed and reddened and wouldn't tell you what it was.

Young Andrew Lanning lived in the small, hushed world of his own thoughts.

Not from the street, for all beside was still; even the roar of London was hushed!

His voice, indeed, will be heard a long while after mine is hushed.

"He is waking up," said the man, in a hushed, almost reverent voice.

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

And now, last of all, Robin took his place, and all was hushed as he shot.

It hushed the eloquent, struck down the powerful, abolished the beautiful and good.

The affair was hushed up, as three prelates were also compromised in it!

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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