8 Idioms for Quiet or Other Ways to Say SHHH! [Image]


idioms for keeping quiet

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1. Put a sock in it
impolitely telling someone to stop talking or making a noise

  • Couldn’t you put a sock in it? I’d love to do some work, but I can’t in this noise.
  • Put a sock in it, there are people who are trying to sleep around here.

2. Cork it / put a cork in it
telling someone to be quiet

  • It’s too late and we’re fed up with your stories – cork it and go to sleep.
  • Don’t you want to work instead of talking all the time? Cork it and take your tools.

3. Button it
telling someone rudely to be quiet

  • Button it, can’t you? I’m trying to concentrate.
  • If you don’t button it, I’ll get up and go away.

4. Shut up / shut your pie hole
a rude way to tell someone to be quiet (pie hole = mouth /slang/)

  • Shut your pie hole or I’ll shut it for you!
  • Shut your pie hole and mind what you’re doing!

5. Zip (up) your lip(s) / zip it up
an informal way to tell someone to be quiet

  • Zip your lips, boys, and listen to me.
  • We told her to be quiet, but she just couldn’t zip it up.

6. Wind your neck in
a rude way to tell someone to be quiet and/or calm down

  • Cool down, buddy, wind your neck in, you’ve made enough troubles already.
  • Wind your neck in and sit quiet, we’ve taken the wrong road due to your talking nonsense.

7. Simmer down
calm down after anger or excitement; an informal way to tell someone to cool down

  • Please don’t shout, simmer down, there’s no point in rejoicing yet.
  • Simmer down, guys, we’d better work first and make a party later.

8. Pipe down
an informal way to tell someone to stop talking and/or to make less noise

  • The teacher shouted at the kids to pipe down but all in vain, none of them stopped talking.
  • Will you tell your mates to pipe down? I can’t work in this noise.

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