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- (transitive) To close (a building) so that no one can enter.
- (transitive) To terminate (a business).
- (transitive) To put (someone or something) in a secure enclosed space, such as a room or container.
- The wicked prince was shut up in the castle dungeon.
- They shut me up in a cupboard, and I could hardly breathe.
- The locomotive had been shut up in a shed for twenty years.
- 1886 January 5, Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., OCLC 762755901:
- "You know the doctor's ways, sir," replied Poole, "and how he shuts himself up. Well, he's shut up again in the cabinet; and I don't like it, sir—I wish I may die if I like it. Mr. Utterson, sir, I'm afraid."
- (ergative) Of a person, to stop talking or (of a person or thing) making noise.
- You are talking so loud that I can't hear the music – would you mind shutting up?
- He was blathering on about something, but I managed to shut him up.
- Shut up!
- 1965, Truman, Harry S., MP2002-442 Former President Truman Discusses Problems Faced During the Potsdam Conference, Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 595162, 0:20 from the start:
- This is a quote from the letter: "Went to the Senate yesterday and you should have seen the carrying on they did. I could hardly get them to shut up so I could speak, and they did the same thing after I had finished. Some said the Senate never did carry on so over any president or anybody else."
- 2022 August 10, Nigel Harris, “Comment: Striking a fair balance”, in RAIL, number 963, page 3:
- He really doesn't know when to shut up and leave it to those at the heart of the negotiations, who fully understand and appreciate all the nuances, to try and hammer out a deal.
- (intransitive, colloquial, used only in the imperative) I don't believe it!, no way!
- I got accepted to Yale! —Shut up, really? That's awesome!
- 2004, Tina Fey, Mean Girls, spoken by Regina George (Rachel McAdams):
- No, I know what home-school is, I'm not retarded! So you've actually never been to a real school before? Shut up! Shut up!
- 2007 September 28, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 2, Episode 6:
- (transitive, slang, dated) To murder, kill.
- I just heard that your wife was trying to shut you up for the insurance money.
- When used in the imperative to tell someone to be quiet or to stop making a noise:
- (close (a building)): close off, seal up
- (terminate (a business)): end, terminate, wind up
- (put (someone or something) in a secure enclosed place): lock up, lock in, seal in, (of objects) stash, stash away
- (to stop (a person) from talking or (a person or thing) making noise): hush, quieten, shush, silence
- (to stop talking or making noise): be quiet, be silent, fall silent, hush, quieten down, shush; (in the imperative): be quiet!, can it!, hush!, put a sock in it!, quiet!, sh!, shush!, shut it!, shut your face! (impolite), shut your mouth! (impolite), shaddap, silence!, st!, STFU; see also Thesaurus:stop talking
- (I don't believe it): get out!, never!, no!, no way!, yeah right!, you don't say!, shut the front door!, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs!
- (close (a building)): open, open up, reopen
- (terminate (a business)): establish, set up, start, start up
- (put (someone) in a secure enclosed place): release
close (a building) so that no one can enter
terminate (a business)
enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave
put (an object) in a secure enclosed place
transitive: to stop (a person) from talking or (a person or thing) from making noise
intransitive: to stop talking or making noise
imperative: "Shut up!" — See also translations at hold one's tongue
"I don't believe it!"
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Translations to be checked
- Closed up or off, as in a building that no one is to enter.
- 2010. Jem (And Sam). Ferdinand Mount.
- She did not come to Court, but she must have been taken to Montagu's house, for the Clerkenwell house was all shut up and was to be sold.
- 1865. The Wisconsin Farmer, and Northwestern Cultivator, Volume 17. Pg. 75.
- Open sheds are too much exposed to drifting snow, and they cannot be shut up and made warm enough for early lambing.
- 1880. An Earnest Trifler. Mary Aplin Sprague. Pg. 166.
- Beaudeck is a very shut-up place.
- 2010. Jem (And Sam). Ferdinand Mount.