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shut up (or shut someone up)

Definition of shut up or shut someone up in English:

[often in imperative] informal Stop (or cause someone to stop) talking: just shut up and listen
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
informalkeep 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 rest
British informalwrap up, wrap it up, shut your gob
North American informalsave it, can it
quieten (down), silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle
See parent entry: shut

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