shut up

verb
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 Montgomery testified that the man who crouched in the truck cab recalled asking the driver to stop and give up, but was told to shut up. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver pleads guilty in East County Border Patrol pursuit triple-fatal crash," 30 Sep. 2019 Sharpie-gate: President Trump won’t shut up about his erroneous heads-up to Alabama that Hurricane Dorian was headed its way. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Time to help SF’s homeless — and time to get tough if they won’t take it," 7 Sep. 2019 But for those of us who caught David Cromer’s production — and Mary-Louise Parker’s astonishing performance — at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer, there is reason for everyone to shut up and listen. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Broadway top-10 for this fall: ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ Tina Turner and the risky ‘Slave Play’," 13 Sep. 2019 But few saw these sides of Mugabe’s character soon enough; those who did were summarily shut up. David B. Moore, Quartz Africa, "The many failures and betrayals of Robert Mugabe to his people," 7 Sep. 2019 But Markel is dismissive and sarcastic about those concerns, comparing them to a loud Harley Davidson motorcycle or a barking dog that won’t shut up. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I don't care. Fine me': Citations won't stop Greenfield man from firing his Civil War-era cannons on July 4," 27 June 2019 The narrative largely keeps Banks quiet as viewers see the way the world hemmed in and shut up the one-time star prospect—until the third act, that is. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "'Brian Banks' Is a Sports Film for the Social Justice Era," 7 Aug. 2019 The best way to shut up the sources is to win lots of games, not declare martial law on them. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds acquisition of pitcher Gausman positively extravagant," 6 Aug. 2019 The bastards had shut up shop and gone off to chase women. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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“Shut up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shuts%20up. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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