be tight-lipped

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be tight-lipped

1. Literally, to have one's lips pressed together, as in anger. I knew my girlfriend was angry as soon as I saw that she was tight-lipped and glaring at me.
2. To be unwilling to talk openly or share details about someone or something. I still don't know anything about Maria's new boyfriend because she's so tight-lipped about him. Don't worry, we can trust my sister to be tight-lipped—she won't tell anyone about our engagement until we do.
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ABC slammed him for his behavior but show creator Shondra Rhimes has been tight-lipped about it until Wednesday when she, speaking for all the shows' executive producers, called Washington's use of ``such a disturbing word .
Alpay has been tight-lipped over talk of a return to Turkey, saying he is happy to see out the remainder of his contract at Villa.
The Pentagon has been tight-lipped about the reconnaissance aircraft's operations, keeping the number of Global Hawks in use in the Afghanistan campaign and their base of operations secret.
The Kremlin has been tight-lipped about the 65-year-old president's illness, which has provoked fears of instability and of an internal power struggle.