keep one's mouth shut

Definition of keep one's mouth shut

  1. 1 :  to not say anything When he starts talking about politics, I just keep my mouth shut.

  2. 2 :  to not talk about something (such as a secret) She told me to keep my mouth shut about the news. I never tell him anything important because he doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to take notice of by appropriate conduct :  fulfill: such as

    :  to be faithful to

    :  to act fittingly in relation to

  1. :  custody, charge

    :  maintenance

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

  1. :  the natural opening through which food passes into the body of an animal and which in vertebrates is typically bounded externally by the lips and internally by the pharynx and encloses the tongue, gums, and teeth

    :  grimace

    :  an individual requiring food

  1. :  speak, pronounce

    :  to utter bombastically :  declaim

    :  to repeat without comprehension or sincerity

  1. :  to move into position to close an opening

    :  to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

    :  to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. :  closed, fastened, or folded together

    :  rid, clear, free

  1. :  the act of shutting

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