shut up

shut up
verb
1. refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent (Freq. 6)
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The children shut up when their father approached

Syn:
Ant: ↑open up (for: ↑close up)
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

2. cause to be quiet or not talk (Freq. 1)
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Please silence the children in the church!

Syn: ↑hush, ↑quieten, ↑silence, ↑still, ↑hush up
Ant: ↑louden (for: ↑quieten)
See Also: ↑hush up (for: ↑hush)
Derivationally related forms: ↑still (for: ↑still), ↑silence (for: ↑silence), ↑silencer (for: ↑silence), ↑hush (for: ↑hush)
Hypernyms: ↑suppress, ↑stamp down, ↑inhibit, ↑subdue, ↑conquer, ↑curb
Hyponyms: ↑shush, ↑lull, ↑calm down, ↑shout down, ↑gag, ↑muzzle
Verb Group: ↑quieten, ↑hush, ↑quiet, ↑quiesce, ↑quiet down, ↑pipe down
Cause: ↑hush
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

3. place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape (Freq. 1)
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The parents locked her daughter up for the weekend

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She locked her jewels in the safe

Syn: ↑lock in, ↑lock away, ↑lock, ↑put away, ↑shut away, ↑lock up
Derivationally related forms: ↑lockup (for: ↑lock up)
Hypernyms: ↑confine
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Somebody ——s somebody PP

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Somebody ——s something PP

adjective
closely confined (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑pent
Similar to: ↑confined

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shut up (or shut someone up)
[often in imperative] informal stop (or cause someone to stop) talking

just shut up and listen | I lifted a finger slightly to shut him up

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shut up [phrasal verb]
1 a : to stop talking, laughing, etc.

He won't shut up about how he won the game.

Can someone get that dog to shut up?

— often used as a rude way to tell someone to stop talking

Shut up for a second and listen to what I have to say.

1 b shut (someone) up informal : to cause (someone) to stop talking, laughing, etc.

Nothing shuts her up.

2 shut up (something) or shut (something) up : to close and lock all the doors of (a house, store, etc.)

They shut up the house and left town.

◇ In British English, to shut up shop is to go out of business forever or stop performing all services or activities for a period of time.

Rather than shutting up shop [=closing up shop] entirely, the company laid off half of its workers.

The store has already shut up shop for the day.

3 shut (someone or something) up : to put (someone or something) in a place that is away from other people

He shut himself up in his room all day to study.

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Main Entry:shut

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ˌshut ˈup derived
(informal) to stop talking (often used as an order as a rude way of telling sb to stop talking)

Just shut up and listen!

Will you tell Mike to shut up?

When they'd finally shut up, I started again.

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