守口如瓶

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

  • Literally, "to shut one's mouth tight like a bottle."

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin shǒukǒurúpíng
Zhuyin ㄕㄡˇ ㄎㄡˇ ㄖㄨˊ ㄆㄧㄥˊ
IPA (key) /ʂoʊ̯²¹⁴⁻³⁵ kʰoʊ̯²¹⁴⁻²¹¹ ʐu³⁵ pʰiŋ³⁵/

Idiom[edit]

守口如瓶 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin shǒukǒurúpíng)

  1. to keep one's mouth shut; to remain tight-lipped
    放心守口如瓶。 (trad.)
    放心守口如瓶。 (simp.)
    Don't worry, my lips are sealed.