put a sock in it

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Etymology[edit]

Possibly from a crude means of muffling a gramophone's speaker.

Verb[edit]

put a sock in it (third-person singular simple present puts a sock in it, present participle putting a sock in it, simple past and past participle put a sock in it)

  1. (idiomatic) To stop talking; to be quiet; to shut one's mouth
    He went on and on until I finally told him to put a sock in it.

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