shut 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for shut up


belt up [British], clam up, dry up, dummy up, hush, pipe down, quiet (down)


speak, talk

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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

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All of you who are chattering inside my head, family, friends, advisers, naysayers, ancestors, thanks for everything, but please shut up now. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "A Wedding Day Saga Ends With Words From the Heart," 27 June 2018 There are a lot of people who would prefer for women like me to marry off and shut up. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "I Married Myself," 28 May 2015 My advice to President Trump is shut up and take the Fifth. Willie Brown, San Francisco Chronicle, "Trump’s only hope is to keep quiet and dodge Mueller," 5 May 2018 And not as connected to the life force as other women, being so shut up in my thoughts and my head? Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Sheila Heti Wrestles with a Big Decision in “Motherhood”," 30 Apr. 2018 This year, our fleet of robot friends won't stop talking about the Valley Beyond, a mysterious place that everyone on this show literally cannot shut up about. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About the Valley Beyond on Westworld," 18 June 2018 On any other night, that would have been the story and the thing Green could not shut up about. Kevin Acee,, "Tyson Ross, Andy Green tried for Padres history," 21 Apr. 2018 But my other side — the side that openly loved Artoo — told my Very Serious side to shut up. Vanessa Armstrong,, "How R2-D2 helped me find love," 25 May 2018 And at a raucous City Council meeting March 27, Clark's brother, Stevante, told Steinberg to shut up., "Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark's killing remain tense," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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