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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But when the ECHO contacted the firm, bosses were tight-lipped.
While his parents were tight-lipped about dispensing show-business advice, a certain amount of career-related perspective did manage to trickle down the genes.
6 and were tight-lipped about their level of satisfaction.
Irvin, former Cowboys tight end Alfredo Roberts, Angela Beck and Jasmine Nabwangu were tight-lipped about the behind-closed-door proceedings with the panel investigating the events that led to Beck's arrest on drug charges.