Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shut (sb) up”

shut (sb) up

informal phrasal verb with shut     /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
B2 to stop talking or making a noise, or to make someone do this: I wish you'd shut up for a moment and listen to what the rest of us have to say. Just shut up and get on with your work! My dad never stops talking. It's impossible to shut him up!figurative If you breathe a single word to the police, we'll come round and shut you up for good (= kill you).Interrupting and preventing from speaking to stop someone from talking about a particular subject or from complaining or asking for things: The kids kept on about how hungry they were, so their father gave them some biscuits to shut them up.Interrupting and preventing from speaking
(Definition of shut (sb) up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of shut (sb) up

Translations of “shut (sb) up”

Word of the Day

handout

a document given to students or reporters which contains information about a particular subject

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More