loose lip

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US WWII poster

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loose lip (plural loose lips)

  1. (idiomatic, often pluralized) The practice or characteristic of being overly talkative, especially with respect to inadvertently revealing information which is private or confidential.
    • c. 1940, Slogan used by US government during World War II:
      Loose lips might sink ships.
    • 1985 June 3, Richard Schickel, "Cinema: Gliberated in Dreamland Fletch," Time:
      In the classic dramas of private investigation, the cheeky quip is the tough guy's challenge to toughness. In Fletch the quick, smartly paced gags somehow read as signs of vulnerability. . . . Every minute you expect the hero's loose lip to be turned into a fat one.
    • 1996 Aug. 25, Donald E. Westlake, "Tough Guys Don't Shut Up," New York Times (Retrieved 29 May 2011):
      Poor fellow, he had "cemented my reputation forever as a guy who tells too much truth." . . . But his loose lip has ultimately worked out for him.

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