shut (one's) mouth

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shut (one's) mouth

1. To do something in order to keep someone from speaking about something, especially a secret or damaging piece of information. The company tried to bribe me with a cash payout in order to shut my mouth, but there was nothing that would stop me from talking about the illegal things I'd seen while working there. We've got to find a way to shut her mouth; her testimony could bring down our entire organization.
2. To choose not to speak, especially to be tactful, to keep a secret, or to stop irritating someone. I could tell my encouragement wasn't helping, so I just shut my mouth. I'm going to shut my mouth before I say something I'm not supposed to! Tim, if you don't shut your mouth, I'm going to come over there and shut it for you.
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shut somebody’s ˈmouth

stop somebody from saying something, especially from revealing a secret: His employers tried to shut his mouth by offering him money, but he told the story to the newspapers anyway.
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Shut your mouth!

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References in classic literature ?
Kit looked at her with his eyes stretched wide; and opened and shut his mouth a great many times; but couldn't get out one word.
When I tell you that he has white eyelashes, and red hands, and such enormous front teeth that he can't shut his mouth, you will not need to be told that I refused him.
Newman opened and shut his mouth, several times, as though he were trying his utmost to speak, but could make nothing of it, and finally fixed his eyes on Nicholas with a grim and ghastly stare.
David man, ye ken --" He shut his mouth upon a sob.
Take him and shut his mouth. But Monsieur Darzac made it clear that in order to shut his mouth he must be killed.
Here, however, did Zarathustra interrupt the foaming fool, and shut his mouth.--
'Nohow!' Tweedledum cried out briskly, and shut his mouth up again with a snap.
"Papa!" shrieked Kitty, and shut his mouth with her hands.
The doctor seemed seized with a qualm of faintness; he shut his mouth tight and nodded.
As Richard came in, he opened and shut his mouth like a cod-fish, and his eyes protruded.
DEPRAVED Aaron Campbell needs to shut his mouth and do his time.
"This arrest is aimed to shut his mouth so that he does not say undesired things.
'He should just shut his mouth and be like other Umno leaders who understand why Sarawak ex-BN component parties have to make this stand,' Abdul Karim was quoted saying in The Borneo Post today.
In his Labor Day speech in Cebu City, President Duterte said he would now prefer to shut his mouth as talks between Manila and Kuwait are ongoing.
"He was wild at Cheltenham but we've got a different bit on him and we're going to shut his mouth."