- [often in imperative] • informal Stop (or cause someone to stop) talking: just shut up and listenMore example sentences
be quiet, keep/stay quiet, be/keep/stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed; stop talking, say no more, quieten (down), fall silent, dry up• informal keep mum, button one's lip, button it, cut the cackle, pipe down, clam up, shut it, shut your face/mouth/trap, keep your face/mouth/trap shut, belt up, put a sock in it, give it a restNorth American • informal save it, can itquieten (down), silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle
- His only initial reason for doing it was to shut her up, to stop her from requesting impossible things from him.
- Harrison talks too much, and I can't wait to get in that ring and shut him up.
- She has the intestinal fortitude to get up and have a go after every effort has been made to shut her up and close her down.