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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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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Sometimes everybody shuts up and won’t tell anybody anything, so that goes back and forth. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions' Jim Bob Cooter expects improved offense, play calling," 29 May 2018 When Maley told him the scooters didn’t belong on the bus, a woman displaying an MTA ID told Maley to shut up, then directed the operator to throw him (Maley) off. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ben Fong-Torres writing ‘Summer of Love’ musical," 7 June 2018 Green responded to Barkley after his original comments, calling him old and telling him to shut up, and Barkley apologized on air the next night. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Charles Barkley pokes the bear with question about 'annoying' Draymond Green," 21 May 2018 But the Public Theater never just shuts up and put on plays. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Oskar Eustis and Suzan-Lori Parks Are Theater's Most Dynamic Duo," 25 Feb. 2019 And at a raucous City Council meeting March 27, Clark’s brother, Stevante, told Steinberg to shut up. Rob Kuznia, Washington Post, "Signs of progress emerge as Sacramento protests over Stephon Clark’s killing remain tense," 1 Apr. 2018 The ones who don’t support it are expected to shut up, or risk having their lives destroyed. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "A Fire Chief Burned by Progressive Piety," 23 Oct. 2018 Instead of three dozen heartfelt letters shut up in a desk, future historians and archivists will have to sift through not haystacks, but entire hay fields worth of memories and records. Alex Kingsbury,, "You’ve got mail — for now," 10 May 2018 Most days, Carmelinda stays shut up in the apartment with their 1½-year-old daughter, too scared still to go to the grocery store or ride the bus. Nomaan Merchant,, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of shut up

1814, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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