button one's lip/lips

variants: or keep one's lip/lips buttoned

Definition of button one's lip/lips

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.

Word by Word Definitions

button play
  1. : a small knob or disk secured to an article (as of clothing) and used as a fastener by passing it through a buttonhole or loop

  2. : a usually circular metal or plastic badge bearing a stamped design or printed slogan

  3. : something that resembles a button: such as

  1. : to furnish or decorate with buttons

  2. : to pass (a button) through a buttonhole or loop

  3. : to close or fasten with buttons

lip play
  1. : either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations

  2. : back talk

  3. : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)

  1. : insincere

  2. : produced with the participation of the lips : labial

  1. : to touch with the lips

  2. : utter

  3. : to lap against : lick

  1. : fat : fatty tissue : fatty

lip play lips
  1. : either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations

  2. : back talk

  3. : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)

  1. : insincere

  2. : produced with the participation of the lips : labial

  1. : to touch with the lips

  2. : utter

  3. : to lap against : lick

  1. : fat : fatty tissue : fatty


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