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    "Public silence"

    "Public silence from his abductors has added to fears about his fate". please tell me in this sentence what is meaning of "Public silence"

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    Re: "Public silence"

    ]They have made no public announcements; they have not contacted the police or the press.

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    #3

    Re: "Public silence"

    "suffocation" may be a good definition.

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    #4

    Re: "Public silence"

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    "suffocation" may be a good definition.
    No, it's not.

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    Re: "Public silence"

    Why not?

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    Re: "Public silence"

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    "suffocation" may be a good definition.
    Suffocation is generally a cause of death in which the deceased has suffered from a deprivation of oxygen. How does this relate to public silence?

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    Angry Re: "Public silence"

    "Public silence" means people can not talk because of an obligation which has been applied by a government or someone very great.when you can't talk it means you are unable to breathe.
    I don't mean this is the best definition for that phrase but it relates to it.

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    #8

    Re: "Public silence"

    This isn't talking about silence imposed by an authority like a government. This is self-imposed silence by the kidnappers, by their choice.

    If someone orders you not to speak, it can be called a "gag order." But not suffocation.

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    Re: "Public silence"

    Okay.Maybe you are right.

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    Re: "Public silence"

    Thers's no 'maybe' about it. riquecohen is right. 'Suffocation' is totally inappropriate here.

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