One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I haven't shut the hens up yet’
confine, enclose, impound, pen, pen in, pen up, fence in, hedge in
hurdle, rail in, coop, coop up, mew up, box in, box up, wall in, wall up, immure, lock in, lock up, cage, imprison, intern, hold captive, incarcerate, encircle, surround, ring, encompass, hem in, close in, shut in, trap
North American corral
rare gird, compass
2‘that should shut them up’
quieten, quieten down, silence, hush, shush, quiet, still, gag, muzzle
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