Amyclaean Silence

More silent than Amyclæ. The inhabitants of Amyclæ were so often alarmed by false rumours of the approach of the Spartans, that they made a decree no one should ever again mention the subject. When the Spartans actually came against the town, no one durst mention it, and the town was taken.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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