One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
often in imperative Stop talking; be less noisy.‘pipe down, will you, I'm on the phone’
be quiet, quieten down, be silent, fall silent, hush, stop talking, hold one's tongueView synonyms
- ‘From here on the doubters began to pipe down and make very rare appearances to throw in their twopence worth.’
- ‘There's wisdom in that old adage about silence being golden, so pipe down a bit while you choose your words carefully.’
- ‘I just told her to pipe down.’
- ‘This is an election year, and I think we're in desperate trouble and it's time for people to speak up and not pipe down.’
- ‘I think everybody who's yelling ‘treason’ should just pipe down.’
- ‘There comes a point when you need to pipe down to let someone else talk.’
- ‘‘Gentlemen,’ he said, preening his moustache as we eventually piped down.’
- ‘She piped down when she saw the look on everyone's faces.’
- ‘They piped down after that and allowed the witness to respond to my questions.’
- ‘It's when you turn the camera on him that he pipes down.’
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