hush up (someone or something)

Definition of hush up (someone or something)

  1. :  to prevent people from knowing the truth about (something, such as a crime) hush up a crime/scandal The city government tried to hush things up when the mayor was arrested.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  calm, quiet

    :  to put at rest :  mollify

    :  to keep from public knowledge :  suppress

  1. :  silent, still

    :  intended to prevent the dissemination of certain information

  1. :  a silence or calm especially following noise :  quiet

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

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