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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 And, like any dance movie, the best parts of it are when everyone shuts up and actually dances. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Step Up 2: The Streets Is Actually the Best Step Up Movie (And It's on Netflix)," 4 July 2018 In years gone by, after netting the second on Sunday, the Three Lions would have shut up shop and managed the remaining minutes out – most likely ending in a nervy 2-1 victory, or worse., "90min World Cup Fan Diaries: England's Start Shows Why Fans Religiously Follow Three Lions," 25 June 2018 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

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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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