[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.
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 rest
North American informal save it, can itquieten (down), silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle