put a sock in it!

British and Australian English INFORMAL
This page is about the conversational phrase put a sock in it!


This is a very impolite way of telling somebody to be quiet.

For example

  • When his wife wouldn't stop talking, Harold said, "Put a sock in it, will you! I'm trying to hear the news."

  • "Hey, you guys! Put a sock in it, OK? I'm trying to work over here."


This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

You can say "Put a sock in it!" if you want someone to

a. stop being so noisy

b. stop being so smelly

c. stop being so scared

Contributor: Matt Errey