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Definition of shut up phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

shut up

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

shut up

(informal)
 
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to stop talking (often used as an order as a rude way of telling someone to stop talking) Just shut up and listen! Will you tell Mike to shut up? When they finally shut up, I started again.

shut somebody up

 
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to make someone stop talking synonym silence She kicked Anne under the table to shut her up.

shut somethingup

 
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to close a room, house, etc. The summer house was shut up for another year and we went back to the city.

shut somebody/something up (in something)

 
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to keep someone or something in a place and prevent them from going anywhere
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shut up

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