shut up

shut up; shutting up; shuts up

Definition of shut up

transitive verb

: to cause (a person) to stop talking

intransitive verb

: to cease writing or speaking

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Examples of shut up in a Sentence

you have no right to tell the rest of us to shut up nothing I said would shut them up
Recent Examples on the Web They’ve been told by the veterans, 'Hey, shut up and play a role. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Unwritten rules violation? Reds' Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray applaud Fernando Tatis Jr.," 19 Aug. 2020 Any call for Ginsburg to step down risked being cast as sexist, the brutish dismissal of a powerful older woman who refuses to shut up. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality," 12 Aug. 2020 Or maybe these boisterous boys just don’t know when to shut up—and the ladies know not to expect any less. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Fourteen Fun Facts About Love and Sex in the Animal Kingdom," 14 Feb. 2020 All Holland has to do to become an instant multimillionaire is shut up and tackle for 10 college games, then sink into the warm embrace of NFL superstardom. Scott Ostler,, "West Coast college kids stand up to Big Football," 2 Aug. 2020 But, as the NBA showed once again on Re-Opening Night, there are no plans to shut up and dribble. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "J.B. Bickerstaff, Koby Altman ‘proud’ of NBA players for taking knee in protest of racial injustice during national anthem," 31 July 2020 Going to New England gives Newton a chance to shut up his critics and thrive under a new system. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Cam Newton to New England? Can Bill Belichick make it work? Don’t bet against it," 29 June 2020 Another officer walked up close to the mom and started yelling at her to shut up. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "My Family Saw a Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween. Then I Learned How NYPD Impunity Works.," 23 June 2020 In March, as parts of America and Europe shut up shop, some 2.5bn customers are reckoned to have visited Amazon’s website, a 65% increase on last year. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of shut up

1814, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of shut up was in 1814

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23 Aug 2020

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“Shut up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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