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Ways of telling someone to stop talking or to be quiet - synonyms or related words

zip it

used to tell someone rudely to stop speaking




mind your own business: used for telling someone to stop trying to learn about or get involved in your private life or relationships

mind your own business

used for telling someone rudely that you are not going to tell them about something because it does not affect or involve them

that will do

used for telling someone, especially a child, to stop talking or behaving badly

hold your tongue


used for telling someone not to speak



used for telling someone to be quiet

shut it

an offensive way of telling someone to stop talking

dry up


used for rudely telling someone to stop talking

button it

used for telling someone in a rude way to be quiet

can it

used for rudely telling someone to stop talking

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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