- 1A removable or hinged cover for the top of a container: a dustbin lidMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (usually lids) An eyelid: eyes hooded beneath heavy lidsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2The top crust of a pie.More example sentences
- Finally, drizzle the crumb side of the lid with remaining olive oil and sit it on top.
- Slice the tops off the tomatoes and reserve for lids.
- The only problem was keeping the pie lids flat, as they tend to form a dome when cooked.
keep a (or the) lid on • informal
- Keep (an emotion or process) from going out of control: she couldn’t keep the lid on her simmering angerMore example sentences
- 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.
- Keep secret: she keeps a very tight lid on her private lifeMore example sentences
- 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: it’s time to put the lid on all the talkMore example sentences
- 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.
- British • informal Be the culmination of a series of acts or events that makes a situation unbearable: he has been in a lot of pain and this just puts the lid on itMore example sentences
- Now, to put the tin lid on it, scientific research has revealed that their fans are the most tone-deaf in the entire Premiership.
- Five fail-to-appears and an escape in ‘79 put the lid on it.
take (or lift) the lid off (or lift the lid on)
- • informal Reveal unwelcome secrets about: the programme lifts the lid on the true scale of the bungled police investigationMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 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.
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- 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.