It's not literally true that you can just stick a pipe down in the desert and have oil come-a-gushing, but it might as well be.
"You pipe down and listen to your betters till they get through," Sherman went on.
pipe down that guff, you unlicked cub, or I'll crown you with a proof-bar!
Sure I hear and unless you pipe down that rider will hear you and then Lightning may be forced to go the other way in a hurry.
Then he put his pipe down, kissed her, and lifted her off his knee.
Then he would lay his pipe down carefully on the sand of the cave and pass through the sheeting rain to have a look at her.
He let the smoke out with a long sigh and laid the pipe down.
Now, boys, we'll pipe down to a meal and a smoke of tobacco, for there's no violent hurry.
He laid his pipe down on the table and stared at the mantelpiece.
Freddie put the pipe down on the floor, rose to his feet, and looked over the counter.
Old English pipe "musical wind instrument," also "tube to convey water," from Vulgar Latin *pipa "a pipe, tube-shaped musical instrument" (source of Italian pipa, French pipe, Old Frisian pipe, German Pfeife, Danish pibe, Swedish pipa, Dutch pijp), a back-formation from Latin pipare "to chirp or peep," of imitative origin. All tubular senses ultimately derive from "small reed, whistle." Meaning "device for smoking" first recorded 1590s. Pipe-bomb attested from 1960. Pipe-cleaner recorded from 1863.
type of cask, early 14c., from Old French pipe "liquid measure, cask for wine," from a special use of Vulgar Latin *pipa "pipe" (see pipe (n.1)).
Old English pipian "to play on a pipe," from Latin pipare "to peep, chirp" (see pipe (n.1)). Cf. Dutch pijpen, German pfeifen. Meaning "convey through pipes" is first recorded 1887. Related: Piped; piping. Piping hot is in Chaucer, a reference to hissing of food in a frying pan; to pipe up (early 15c.) originally meant "to begin to play" (on a musical instrument); sense of "to speak out" is from 1856. Pipe down "be quiet" is from 1900; earlier in nautical jargon it meant "use a boatswain's whistle to dismiss the men from duty" (1833).
To stop talking; speak more quietly: The others got sore at him and told him to pipe down
[1900+; fr naval jargon, probably related to the use of the boatswain's pipe for giving commands, or to its shrill noise]
[all senses probably derived fr pipe as a conduit or a musical instrument; the sense ''look at'' is related to criminal slang ''follow, keep under surveillance,'' of obscure origin and difficult to relate to any sense of pipe; pipe-gun, ''crude gun made of a pipe,'' is found by 1973]
(1 Sam. 10:5; 1 Kings 1:40; Isa. 5:12; 30:29). The Hebrew word halil, so rendered, means "bored through," and is the name given to various kinds of wind instruments, as the fife, flute, Pan-pipes, etc. In Amos 6:5 this word is rendered "instrument of music." This instrument is mentioned also in the New Testament (Matt. 11:17; 1 Cor. 14:7). It is still used in Palestine, and is, as in ancient times, made of different materials, as reed, copper, bronze, etc.