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shush (up)

1. To become silent. Often said as an imperative. We all shushed up after the teacher slammed the book on his desk. Shush, you two! I'm trying to watch the movie! Would you please shush up?
2. To instruct or command someone to become silent. A noun or pronoun can be used between "shush" and "up" (if "up" is used). I had to shush the people behind me throughout the entire play. Would you please shush up your kids? They're bothering everyone! He had started rambling a bit, so I put my hand on his knee to shush him up.
3. To cause someone to cease making criticisms or negative remarks. A noun or pronoun can be used either before or after "up" (if "up" is used). The team's decisive victory in the Super Bowl will undoubtedly shush up those who though they would never make it to the playoffs, let alone win the thing. The new CEO has managed to shush his detractors after returning the company to profitability after just six months in the job.
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shush (up)

to be quiet. shush! I want to hear the weather. shush up and listen to the lecture.

shush (up)

in. to be quiet. Shush! I want to hear the weather.
See also: shush, up

shush

verb
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After refusing to be shushed down, the Brexiters in the group asked me to play devil's advocate and think of something good that might come about after we leave the EU in 82 - count 'em - days time.
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Because although I grew up in a Baptist church where there was no need to worry about questions (I was shushed when I asked the pastor where all of the people came from if Adam and Eve only had sons) and where worship came in a fun, easy-to-swallow package, I left that tradition to make my home in that mustiest, most endangered of denominations, the Episcopal church.
A person who is being shushed. ("The Apartment," April 4, 1991): JERRY: Can you knock on someone's door and tell them to keep it down?
An ABC producer, Rebecca Cooper, actually stood up and shushed the crowd.
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Yet I can recall a Christmas morn a long time ago being wakened from my slumber, shushed into silence, and led sleepy eyed into a darkened kitchen festooned with Christmas decorations.
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