Definition of put a sock in it in US English:

put a sock in it

phrase

British
informal
  • usually in imperative Stop talking.

    • ‘So after a lifetime of being told to put a sock in it while you're on the job and in the field, where has this left you?’
    • ‘Looking at her, I exhaled and shook my head, deciding to just put a sock in it for the evening.’
    • ‘Jack went and sat down in the chair next to me and made a face, ‘Eh, put a sock in it, you old hag.’’
    • ‘If a luminary on the campaign team goes ‘off message’ with a genuinely sensible observation, put a sock in it, pronto.’
    • ‘With enough bytes already spilled (somewhat heatedly) on the Web about this, I decided to put a sock in it.’
    • ‘She's a really good audience, too; she'll listen to - and laugh at - my stupid jokes when everyone else just tells me to put a sock in it.’
    • ‘Once she'd put a sock in it, I did what we all do when we're lost: I asked a nice man the way.’
    • ‘The next time you want to weigh in on U.S. tax policy, with all due respect, put a sock in it.’
    • ‘Whatever transpires, never, repeat never, simply complain to the parents about the noise, inform your local police or neighborhood authority, or tell the budding basher to put a sock in it.’
    • ‘How true, how very true, you are so wise, but put a sock in it, eh?’
    be quiet, keep quiet, stay quiet, be silent, keep silent, stay silent, hold one's tongue, keep one's lips sealed
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