shut up

This page is about the phrasal verb shut up.

Meaning: to stop talking or stop making noise

Synonym: be quiet

For example:

  • shut up My wife always talks when I'm trying to watch TV. I wish she'd shut up!

  • shut sb/sth up It's impossible to shut my uncle up, especially if he's had a few drinks. He talks non-stop!

Note: Can be offensive, especially if used in the imperative form, as in "Shut up, will you!"

Quick Quiz:

I wish the neighbour's dog would shut up. It's always

a. getting into my yard

b. barking

c. biting people

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Contributor: Matt Errey