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zip one's mouth

Slang definitions & phrases for zip one's mouth

zip one's lip

verb phrase

To stop talking, esp abruptly and completely; shut up: I just had to zip my mouth and do what I could

[1942+; fr the notion that one has a zipper fastener on one's mouth]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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