Definition of button one's lip in English:

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button one's lip

informal Stop or refrain from talking.
Example sentences
  • But they do like and respect him, and I can't imagine them agreeing that as a former Governor General he should button his lip.
  • The nation's professional churl had finally been forced to button his lip.
  • I'd told her this was payback for keeping me in the dark about the visit of Lorne, Bryan, and Co. on my birthday, and buttoned my lip.
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