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- v. To close (a building) so that no one can enter.
- v. To terminate (a business).
- v. To enclose (a person, animal or thing) in a room or other place so that it cannot leave.
- v. To put (an object) in a secure enclosed place.
- v. Of a person, to stop talking or (of a person or thing) making noise.
- v. I don't believe it!, no way!
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to be quiet or not talk
- v. refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent
- adj. closely confined
- v. place in a place where something cannot be removed or someone cannot escape
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I just shut up and tried to stay out of it, but they had this huge screaming match, Mrs. Pierce threatening to go to my mom and see that Lori and me were split up.
Such experiments as those of Thorndike (on hungry cats shut up in a cage and forced to learn the way out to food) are easily explained by the gradual stereotyping of association between visual impression and motor response, to the exclusion of other random associations.
But nowadays the city slave spends his week-days shut up in an office, poring over a ledger, or in a sweat-shop, chained to a sewing-machine.
I told you when last we met, my friends, of the important mission from the Emperor to Marshal Grouchy, which failed through no fault of my own, and I described to you how during a long afternoon I was shut up in the attic of a country inn, and was prevented from coming out because the Prussians were all around me.
I have told you, my friends, how we held the English shut up for six months, from October, 1810, to March, 1811, within their lines of Torres Vedras.
Loker shut up his mouth, and listened to him with gruff and surly attention.
If the freaks had figured out a way to stop the cities from ruining the wild, it meant that some human beings really were sane, and that Toshi Banana and his kind could shut up for good.
Tea-laden ships were sent to Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charleston, but in every case except one, popular demonstrations prevented the landing of their cargo or obliged it to be shut up in warehouses with the duty unpaid.
But Munson took pride in his toughness; Darrell Munson had taught him to suck it up, to shut up about the pain and play on, and so he did.
‘If you lived shut up in a refrigerator, people would talk about you in Bourne,’ said Mrs Mottram.