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 Courts are the ultimate place to put up or shut up. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 18 Apr. 2022 Oh, shut up and put on your big boy panties, Romaine. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 28 Nov. 2021 Now, Terry McAuliffe has a comeback for Gramm and all parents who think like him — shut up and fall into line. The Editors, National Review, 1 Oct. 2021 The senior soldier, without turning around, tells him to shut up. Keith Ridgway, The Atlantic, 18 Apr. 2022 Grohl could be heard telling him to shut up, according to news accounts of the show. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2022 Not just remembered it in my mind — my body wouldn’t shut up about it. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Mar. 2022 Twenty years ago, dotcom evangelists wouldn't shut up about the web as a land of milk and honey, an egalitarian Eden. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 The public schools, exhibiting a sense of institutional entitlement not at all alien to the clergy, want parents and taxpayers to pay up and shut up, to put their money where the mouths aren’t. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Shut up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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