keep one's trap shut

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of keep one's trap shut

slang
:to not talk about something that someone doesn't want known
  • Can he be trusted to keep his trap shut?

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

trap play
  1. : a device for taking game or other animals

  2. : something by which one is caught or stopped unawares

  3. : a football play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then is blocked from the side while the ballcarrier advances through the spot vacated by the defensive player

  1. : to catch or take in or as if in a trap : entrap

  2. : to place in a restricted position : confine

  3. : to provide or set (a place) with traps

  1. : to adorn with or as if with trappings

  1. : traprock

shut play
  1. : to move into position to close an opening

  2. : to prevent entrance to or passage to or from

  3. : to confine by or as if by enclosure

  1. : closed, fastened, or folded together

  2. : rid, clear, free

  1. : the act of shutting


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