keep one's mouth shut


keep one's mouth shut
{v. phr.}, {informal} To be or stay silent. - A rude expression when used as a command. * /When the crooks were captured by the police, their leader warned them to keep their mouths shut./ * /Charles began to tell Barry how to kick the ball, and Barry said angrily, "Keep your mouth shut!"/ Syn.: SHUT UP(1).

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • keep one's mouth shut — verb refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information Don t tell him any secrets he cannot keep his mouth shut! • Syn: ↑keep quiet, ↑shut one s mouth • Ant: ↑talk (for: ↑keep quiet) …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep one's mouth shut — {v. phr.}, {informal} To be or stay silent. A rude expression when used as a command. * /When the crooks were captured by the police, their leader warned them to keep their mouths shut./ * /Charles began to tell Barry how to kick the ball, and… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep\ one's\ mouth\ shut — v. phr. informal To be or stay silent. a rude expression when used as a command. When the crooks were captured by the police, their leader warned them to keep their mouths shut. Charles began to tell Barry how to kick the ball, and Barry said… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • keep one's mouth shut — informal just keep your mouth shut and no one will get hurt Syn: say nothing, keep quiet, not breathe a word, not tell a soul; informal keep mum, not let the cat out of the bag …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • keep one's mouth shut — verb To keep a secret; to refrain from speaking indiscreetly or carelessly; broadly, to refrain from speaking altogether. He thought that he could get him a regular salary if he would come to Packingtown and do as he was told, and keep his mouth… …   Wiktionary

  • keep one's mouth shut — be or stay silent I was very angry so I told him to keep his mouth shut. Later I had to apologize …   Idioms and examples

  • keep one's mouth shut — informal say nothing; avoid revealing a secret. → mouth …   English new terms dictionary

  • keep one's mouth shut — stay quiet, remain silent …   English contemporary dictionary

  • keep one's trap shut — keep one s mouth closed, be quiet, shut up …   English contemporary dictionary