button (one's) lip

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button (one's) lip

To be quiet. Often used as an imperative. Hey, button your lip! We don't need to hear any more out of you today! Julie knew better than to speak up when her father was so angry, so she buttoned her lip for the moment.
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button (up) one's lip

Fig. to stop talking. (Fixed order.) Please button up your lip! Will you button your lip? I don't want the news to get out.
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button your lip

INFORMAL
If you button your lip, you keep silent about something although you would really like to speak. He had the grace and good sense to button his lip, even though this clearly caused him personal pain. As I entered his sitting room, I started laughing and was met with an impatient glare. I hastily buttoned my lip. Note: If you tell someone to button it or button their lip, you are telling them rudely to be quiet. `What have I done to deserve this?' — `Just button it, Park,' the Chief said.
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button your lip

remain silent. informal
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So if they take the plaudits they have to take the criticism as well and just learn to button their lips.
IF HE CAN successfully do that then those calling for a leadership challenge should button their lips and unite behind this PM in the national interest.
As for those hardline Muslim spokes-people who are purposefully stoking up hatred - people like Anjem Choudray and Yvonne Ridley, who says all Muslims should refuse to co-operate with the police - they should be hauled into the nearest nick and made to button their lips.
PERHAPS in the light of reports that girls as young as 14 are seeking fertility treatment, all those pompous know-it-alls, who have been shouting about the need for more sex education in schools, might button their lips.
He has publicly placed Nick Faldo and Tony Jacklin at the bottom of the popularity lists, made mention of several other golfers who are presently striving hard to button their lips, has already had to make a 'sort of' apology to Sandy Lyle and still insists that the book is not that controversial.
Gossiping councillors have been warned by their leaders to either button their lips or steer clear of Lloyds' comforting bar.
Now cynics should button their lips and catch the mood of a nation eager to cheer winners and plucky competitors, not dwell on the mercifully few hiccups.
Once the ballot results are known pro-Europeans who hope to have a future in the party will button their lips and keep quiet.
The former champions have been told to button their lips by team boss Brian Mullins, who banned his entire squad from talking to the media earlier in the week.
We don't want to force them into the position where the rebels button their lips and back the Government.
We don't want to force them into a position where the rebels have to button their lips and back the government.
PREMIER League stars have been warned to button their lips this weekend.