button your lip

Button your lip
If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don't speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

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  • button your lip — button up or button your lip (informal) Be quiet • • • Main Entry: ↑button * * * button/zip/your lip spoken phrase used for rudely telling someone not to say anything …   Useful english dictionary

  • button your lip —    If you button your lip, you keep quiet and don t speak. It is also used as a way of telling someone to shut up.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • button your lip — do not tell anyone, on the QT    Button your lip about the speeding ticket. Don t tell Dad …   English idioms

  • Button your lip! — exclam. Shut up!; Be quiet! D I’ve heard enough outa you! Button your lip! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • button your lip/lips — (or keep your lip/lips buttoned) US informal : to not talk about something Button your lip. He s coming toward us. Don t tell him what I said, please. You know he can t keep his lips buttoned. • • • Main Entry: ↑button button your lip/lips see… …   Useful english dictionary

  • zip your lip — button/zip/your lip spoken phrase used for rudely telling someone not to say anything Thesaurus: ways of telling someone to stop talking or to be quietsynonym Main entry: lip * * * zip your lip …   Useful english dictionary

  • button — but|ton1 S2 [ˈbʌtn] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: boton, from boter; BUTT2] 1.) a small round flat object on your shirt, coat etc which you pass through a hole to fasten it ▪ small pearl buttons ▪ A button was missing from his shirt.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • button — I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English boton, from Anglo French butun rose hip, stud, from buter to thrust more at butt Date: 14th century 1. a. a small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • button up — verb refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent The children shut up when their father approached • Syn: ↑close up, ↑clam up, ↑dummy up, ↑shut up, ↑belt up, ↑be quiet, ↑keep mum …   Useful english dictionary

  • lip — [ lıp ] noun *** 1. ) count one of the two edges that form the top and bottom parts of your mouth: His thin red lips stretched into a smile. 2. ) count the place on the edge of a glass or container where you pour out liquid: Careful, the lip of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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