wall of silence

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Noun1.wall of silence - the secrecy of police officers who lie or look the other way to protect other police officers; "the blue wall cracked when some officers refused to take part in the cover-up"
cover-up - concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public
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He had plunged out and into them through the wall of silence, and back through the wall of silence he had plunged, apparently the next instant, and into the roar and turmoil of the Tivoli.
Grandmother always talked, dear woman: to herself or to the Lord, if there was no one else to listen; but grandfather was naturally taciturn, and Jake and Otto were often so tired after supper that I used to feel as if I were surrounded by a wall of silence.
Our community must break this wall of silence, it just takes one person to do the right thing.
5million lotto fraud by rapist Edward Putman have been met with a wall of silence - and now plan to quiz FOUR new witnesses.
Despite a PS25,000 reward offered by his family and friends, police were met with a wall of silence.
A no-nonsense US Marshal is sent to a remote hospital for the criminally insane to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient, but faces a wall of silence as he tries to get to the truth.
Again the taxi driver has not come forward and once more the city's cabbies close rank and maintain a wall of silence.
Detectives in Anfield, Liverpool, have called for a wall of silence on the alleged rape to be broken.
With a wall of silence there is no realistic prospect of bringing a prosecution over this death.
Many young girls and women have engaged with us and broken the wall of silence and faced down harassment and reported harassers," the organization, "No to Violence," said in a statement.
1) The first wall of silence refers to the self-imposed restriction of the victim who for various reasons does not choose to speak about his or her experiences.
Nina Nineska-Fidanoska comments for Utrinski Vesnik that ever since PM Gruevski admitted that the Government owed money to businessmen, the wall of silence has been torn down and everyone is allowed to talk about this, thus far, unseen phenomenon.