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bly stil, interjectional phrase

Forms:
Formerly also blij stil.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch blij stil), bly to remain, stay + stil quiet.
colloquial
A command: ‘be quiet’, ‘shut up’.
1924 L. Cohen Reminisc. of Jhb. 225His Honour glared, sneezed and grunted harshly, loudly, reprovingly, ‘Blij stil!’ (Be quiet!)
1990 Sunday Times 4 Mar. 5She was hushed by the audience and told to ‘Bly stil,’ ‘Sit’ and ‘Sssssh’.
‘be quiet’, ‘shut up’.

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