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[klohs-lipt] /ˈkloʊsˈlɪpt/
not talking or telling much. Unabridged
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  • "That note doesn't sound a bit like Anna Towne," Lucy said in her close-lipped manner as she laid it down.

  • He smiled his close-lipped smile that made wrinkles like gashes in his cheeks.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • Yet for all his abuse this close-lipped captain of the Good Intent allowed Patsy many favours.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Clark was close-lipped once, not given to levity and—to toddy.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • His face reflected in the mirror was impassive and close-lipped.

    Beginners Luck Emily Hahn
  • The independent and close-lipped scout was riding outside the group.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone Frederic Remington
  • This negation of hope has “close-lipped Patience for its only friend.”

    Letters on Literature Andrew Lang
  • His mouth was close-lipped and relentless, and did not look as if it had ever smiled.

    Kilmeny of the Orchard Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • He stood facing his cousin with a close-lipped smile that summarised his opinion and made it readable.

  • The older women, with shawls folded about their stooped shoulders, were close-lipped, somber.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
British Dictionary definitions for close-lipped


not talking or revealing much
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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