from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disposed not to talk; tightlipped.


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  • So I got a shrewd, close-mouthed, tight-fisted money-lender to get the mortgage transferred to him.


  • I'd expect him to be close-mouthed. this isn't news.

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  • And so it is with Sunil 's close-mouthed anger, which soon begins to fall away in response to Mr. Byrne' s, as ever, remarkably portrayed therapist: a listener whose own face reflects every note of pain he hears.

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  • But when you look back and picture the nasty close-mouthed eye-darting simpering smugness of this film's hero and the behavior of everyone else in the film I defy you to find one moment of grace except perhaps when lawyer Rashida Jones tells it like it is to her client.

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  • Saudi Arabia is famous for being close-mouthed about their level of reserves, and is widely suspected (as are most OPEC members) of inflating their reserves, because OPEC allocates extraction quotas partly based upon reserves.

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  • "The administration has been fairly close-mouthed about most of this, even listening to Hillary and others who speak on these matters," said Wilkerson.

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  • In Abbottabad, however, isolated mansions with 18-foot outer walls and close-mouthed residents seem to be not unusual, as well as off-limits to local authorities and civil society.

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  • Environmental groups who attended a meeting with Kerry yesterday to discuss details of the bill were close-mouthed about their reactions, and stressed that the bill is still in draft stages and may change significantly, as Sheppard writes at Mother Jones.

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  • But Justice has been notably close-mouthed about its investigations of Wall Street.

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  • Just a boulder sucked into the sea or a close-mouthed swallowing.

    Excerpt from Pompeii ii


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