Definition of lid in English:

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Pronunciation: /lid/


1A removable or hinged cover for the top of a container: a large frying pan with a lid a garbage can lid
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  • The removable lid of the two-chambered container supported the plant and was opaque.
  • A ghosting of orange eye shadow covered his lids and the slightest trace of orange lipstick made him look like a punk rocker.
  • After covering the containers with a lid, they were placed into a water bath at 40°C.
cover, top, cap, covering
1.1 (usually lids) An eyelid: eyes now hooded beneath heavy lids
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  • They were a soft hazel, with heavy lids and dark circles beneath.
  • If lipstick looks too shiny on your eyelids, dust your lids with loose powder foundation to tone down the color.
  • She looked at him with wise, solemn blue eyes, hooded by delicate yet heavy lids.
1.2 Botany The operculum of a moss capsule.
1.3 informal A hat.



blow (or take) the lid off

informal Reveal unwelcome secrets about: prosecutors have taken the lid off a multimillion-dollar payoff scandal
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  • Sometimes the rule that lets us lift the lid on the nation's secrets comes up with humdrum stuff.
  • A lighthearted charity auction will lift the lid on the bathroom secrets of the stars next month to help autistic children - by auctioning autographed toilet seats.
  • The new committee also plans to lift the lid off Athy's secret and promote the waterways at a national level by advertising in national newspaper and magazines.
expose, reveal, make known, make public, bring into the open, disclose, divulge
informal spill the beans, blab

keep a (or the) lid on

informal Keep (an emotion or process) from going out of control: she was no longer able to keep the lid on her simmering anger
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  • He was barely able to keep a lid on them, using secret police and brutal repression.
  • He fits the profile of the classic moderate New York Democrat, like his predecessor, who frequently fought to keep a lid on taxes in the city.
  • The only thing that kept the lid on everything was not the secret police or army but a system of intricate favours with just enough people lining their pockets and everyone owing the big man.
2.1Keep secret: she keeps a very tight lid on her own private life
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  • Yet competing media outlets, anxious to preserve their access, obligingly kept the lid on.
  • But who are the people who are keeping the lid on all this?
  • It's not just the reporters who are keeping a lid on all the good things going on.

put a (or the) lid on

informal Put a stop to or be the culmination of: it’s time to put the lid on all the talk
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  • You have been very passive about something that is entirely within your control to put a lid on.
  • But now there will be no putting a lid on what will be a huge clamour for a windfall from customers who have every right to it.
  • The final decision was to put a lid on any further investigation of Jack the Ripper.



Pronunciation: /ˈlidid/
Example sentences
  • In 1886 Queen Ranavalona Ill sent two large textiles, a small bone pin, and a lidded fiber basket to President Grover Cleveland to commemorate his election.
  • Those of you who enjoy whittling green sticks into skewers can make damper bread, a traditional Australian bush bread that is either baked in a cast-iron lidded camp pot buried in the embers, or on sticks over the fire.
  • Alternatively, if you are using a lidded cast-iron casserole dish, you can cook the dish in the oven set to 150 C.


Example sentences
  • Thanks to the lidless litter section, trash is exposed and rotting.
  • That guy who used to play a lidless grand piano was always right in front.
  • In ancient days astronomers might have read ominous portends in that lidless eye.


Old English hlid, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning 'cover'; related to Dutch lid.

  • Old English hlid has a Germanic origin, with a base meaning ‘cover’, still found in eyelid (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with lid

amid, backslid, bid, did, forbid, grid, hid, id, kid, Kidd, Madrid, mid, outbid, outdid, quid, rid, skid, slid, squid, underbid, yid

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