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    #1

    button one’s lip

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    They told him to button his lip if he didn’t want trouble.

    button one’s lip = hold one’s tongue

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V

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    #2

    Re: button one’s lip

    Yes, it means stop talking.

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    #3

    Re: button one’s lip

    'Button your lip' is (nearly?) always used either in the imperative or (as here) in a reported command. If you want to say something but think better of it you 'bite your tongue'.

    b

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