One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Stop or refrain from talking.
be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealedView synonyms
- ‘The nation's professional churl had finally been forced to button his lip.’
- ‘Know when to button your lip and let others talk.’
- ‘But they do like and respect him, and I can't imagine them agreeing that as a former Governor General he should button his lip.’
- ‘I'd told her this was payback for keeping me in the dark about the visit of Lorne, Bryan, and Co. on my birthday, and buttoned my lip.’
- ‘I am talking here, Abra, so I would kindly appreciate it if you would button your lip.’
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