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shut (sb) up

informal
phrasal verb with shut uk   us   /ʃʌt/ verb [I or T] (present participle shutting, past tense and past participle shut)
B2 to ​stoptalking 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 ​yourwork! My ​dad never ​stopstalking. It's ​impossible to ​shut him up!figurative If you ​breathe a ​single word to the ​police, we'll ​shut you up for good (= ​kill you). to ​stop someone from ​talking about a ​particularsubject or from ​complaining or ​asking for things: The ​kidskept saying how ​hungry they were, so ​theirfather gave them some ​biscuits to ​shut them up.

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