Definition of lid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪd//
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  1. 1  a cover over a container that can be removed or opened by turning it or lifting it a dustbin lid I can't get the lid off this jar. Synonymslidtop cork cap plugThese are all words for a cover for a container.lid a cover over a container that can be removed or opened by turning or lifting it:a jar with a tight-fitting lidtop a thing that you put over the end of something such as a pen or bottle in order to close itcork a small round object made of cork or plastic that is used for closing bottles, especially wine bottlescap (often in compounds) a top for a pen or a protective cover for something such as the lens of a cameraplug a round piece of material that you put into a hole in order to block it; a flat round rubber or plastic thing that you put into the hole of a sink in order to stop the water from flowing out:a bath plugPatterns a tight-fitting lid/​top/​cap a screw top/​cap a pen lid/​top to put on/​screw on/​take off/​unscrew the lid/​top/​cap to pull out the cork/​plug
  2. 2= eyelid
  3. Word OriginOld English hlid, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘cover’; related to Dutch lid.Extra examples He was watching her through half-closed lids. Heavy lids drooped over her eyes. His name was on the lid. I poured some water and screwed the lid back on the bottle. Keep the lid on the pan until the liquid comes to the boil. She could still see the light flickering behind her closed lids. She felt the tears burning against her closed lids. She glanced at him occasionally from beneath lowered lids. She lifted her lids and found him looking at her. She lifted the lid of the box. She saw James walk in and hastily lowered her lids. The coffin lid had been screwed down. We managed to prise off the lid with a tyre lever. Flowers were strewn over the lid of the coffin. Put the lid back on the shampoo after using it. Replace the saucepan lid and simmer for 10 minutes. She closed the piano lid. They use old dustbin lids as drums. You’ll need a jar with a tight-fitting lid.Idioms (informal) to become very angry and lose control of what you are saying or doing She’ll flip her lid when she finds out. See related entries: Anger
      keep a/the lid on something
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    1. 1to keep something secret or hidden
    2. 2to keep something under control The government is keeping the lid on inflation. He struggled to keep the lid on his anger.
    lift the lid on something, take/blow the lid off something
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    to tell people unpleasant or shocking facts about something Her article lifts the lid on child prostitution.
    put the (tin) lid on something/things
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    (British English, informal) to be the final act or event that spoils your plans or hopes
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lid