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tight-lipped

[tahyt-lipt] /ˈtaɪtˈlɪpt/
adjective
1.
speaking very little; taciturn; close-mouthed.
2.
having the lips drawn tight.
Origin of tight-lipped
1875-1880
1875-80
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  • Lackaday's face was set in one of its tight-lipped expressionless moods.

    The Mountebank William J. Locke
  • He found Jake and Coffin in tight-lipped conference when he reached the lab.

    The Coffin Cure Alan Edward Nourse
  • He was a youngish man with a thin, keen, shaven face, tight-lipped and clear-eyed.

    Dead Man's Love Tom Gallon
  • In a tight-lipped rage he issued a proclamation and sent it after them.

  • But there was in his eye a furtive mockery, in his tight-lipped mouth a covert sneer.

    Port O' Gold Louis John Stellman
British Dictionary definitions for tight-lipped

tight-lipped

adjective
1.
reticent, secretive, or taciturn
2.
with the lips pressed tightly together, as through anger
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