button your lip

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 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.
See also: button, lip

button your lip

remain silent. informal
See also: button, lip
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So, Bigmouth Barroso, button your lip on private conversations over here.
He's a very honest guy but sometimes it pays to button your lip rather than pick fights in public which you are never going to win.
So I think it's a harsh lesson to everyone concerned that you have got to keep your thoughts to yourself, button your lip and take your punishment.
The breathless Bedlam and busy Button Your Lip mine a robust R&B vein while the title track and She's Pulling Out The Pin could be classic Costello.
Some of the tales are definitely more chuckle-inducing than others: her rules for using public bathrooms (where her sage advice includes: "Hear Me Unzip and Button Your Lip," "Don't Leave Your Mark, Just Sit Down and Park") her experiences bra shopping and her account of being the noisy upstairs neighbour, are all clever and comical.
It seems we sup on the philosophy that violence is "just one of those things: you have to button your lip.
If your mum and dad want their former daughter-in-law to attend, then you have to button your lip and don't interfere.
But just because you get on reasonably well with your husband's parents doesn't, however, mean you button your lip and say nothing.
You may not like the behaviour and attitudes of some of your fellow tourists - or even the coach - but you button your lip because to do anything else is to undermine your team-mates.
The more you badmouth his girlfriend, the more he'll feel he has to defend her, so button your lip.
For now, I'd button your lip but keep watching for other signs.
Then take a deep breath, button your lip and unzip your ears.
Robbie Fowler will step out for his first full international today with this advice: Grit you teeth, button your lip and you could conquer the world like me.
If you don't try to button your lip, you're in serious danger of driving him away for good.