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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The next morning, however, Shainberg briefly achieved transcendence from the questions that usually plagued him—questions to do with desire, and mind-body dualism, and why his brain wouldn’t shut up. Christopher Tayler, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 24 June 2019 Not enough to cause them any real harm, just enough to shock them into shutting up, and maybe wobble their brain a bit., "Kylian Mbappe: Of Course He Isn't Going to Liverpool, Don't Be Silly (But Here's What's Happened)," 18 June 2019 Weeks after joining the company, Mr. Schultz launched a cost-cutting plan that involved eliminating about 14,000 positions, or a quarter of Teva’s staff, and shutting up to 25 of the company’s 80 factories and several research centers. Denise Roland, WSJ, "King of Generics Pushes Into Biotech Drugs," 13 Feb. 2019 Listen, at some point teams just have to shut up and play. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school basketball: Breaking down the boys regional tournament," 11 Mar. 2018 But nobody made Jefferson put up or shut up more lethally than Dr. King did. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Radical Dr. King," 15 Jan. 2018 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

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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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