clam up


clam up
verb
refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent
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The children shut up when their father approached

Syn:
Ant: ↑open up (for: ↑close up)
Verb Frames:
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intransitive verb
Etymology: clam (V)
slang : to become silent

the people on the porches all clammed up and watched him go by — R.O.Bowen

especially : to refuse further talk or divulging of information

news sources suddenly seemed to be clamming up all over town — Newsweek

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clam up (informal)
To become silent
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Main Entry:clam

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ˌclam ˈup [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they clam up he/she/it clams up present participle clamming up past tense clammed up past participle clammed up] informal phrasal verb
to suddenly stop talking or explaining something, because you are embarrassed, unhappy, or want to keep a secret

He clammed up when I asked him who else was involved.

Thesaurus: to stop talking, or to not say anythingsynonym
Main entry: clam

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clam up [phrasal verb]
informal : to stop talking

They clammed up when the detectives started asking questions.

: to refuse to talk

A bunch of people saw what happened, but they all clammed up about it.

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Main Entry:clam

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • clam|my — «KLAM ee», adjective, mi|er, mi|est. 1. cold and damp: »A frog is a clammy creature. 2. a) soft, moist, and sticky. b) (of bread) doughy. c) …   Useful english dictionary

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