clam up

clammed up; clamming up; clams up

Definition of clam up

intransitive verb

: to become silent clammed up and refused to talk

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Examples of clam up in a Sentence

the little girl clammed up when the doctor came into the room

First Known Use of clam up

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clam up was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Clam up.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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