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


clam 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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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 Oh, shut up, silly woman!’ said the reptile with a grin. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "‘The Snake’: How Trump appropriated a radical black singer’s lyrics for immigration fearmongering," 24 Feb. 2018 Although many foreign firms have scaled back on investment in Britain, none has actually shut up shop. The Economist, "Harley-Davidson shifts some production out of America," 28 June 2018 The dad in me needed to shut up and support his kid on the slow walk to the car. David Haugh,, "Thanks, hockey, for making my son stronger and helping fathers understand kids a little better," 15 June 2018 The state’s in a position to flip some U.S. House districts currently held by Republicans, so the usually sleepy election, featuring a female Navy pilot, a pro-gun dentist, and the guy Christie told to shut up, is now on the national stage. Aubrey Nagle,, "Foreign-born adoptees deported, Strawberry Mansion questions high school plans | Morning Newsletter," 4 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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