hush up (someone or something)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hush up (someone or something)

: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

hush play
  1. : calm, quiet

  2. : to put at rest : mollify

  3. : to keep from public knowledge : suppress

  1. : silent, still

  2. : intended to prevent the dissemination of certain information

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

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

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

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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