clam up
intransitive verb Date: 1916 to become silent <
clammed up and refused to talk
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • clam up — {v.}, {slang} To refuse to say anything more; stop talking. * /The suspect clammed up, and the police could get no more information out of him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clam up — {v.}, {slang} To refuse to say anything more; stop talking. * /The suspect clammed up, and the police could get no more information out of him./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • clam up — verb refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent The children shut up when their father approached • Syn: ↑close up, ↑dummy up, ↑shut up, ↑belt up, ↑button up, ↑be quiet, ↑keep mum …   Useful english dictionary

  • clam up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms clam up : 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 to suddenly stop talking or explaining something,… …   English dictionary

  • clam up — verb To become silent; to stop talking, to shut up. Maybe he … or she … was a witness who refused to clam up … a whistle blower … Syn: shut up Ant …   Wiktionary

  • clam up — in. to get quiet. (See also dummy up.) D The minute they got him inside the cop shop, he clammed up. □ You’ll clam up if you know what’s good for you …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • clam up — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary Shut yer trap / be quiet / shut yer puss Example: Aw gonnae clam up, Jimmy, yer gien us a sore heid …   English dialects glossary

  • clam up — stop talking, become quiet    Why do you clam up when we mention Judy? Why so quiet? …   English idioms

  • clam up — to refuse to talk or answer. Every time I think he s going to tell me what s bothering him, he just clams up. Etymology: based on the behavior of a clam (= a sea creature), which quickly closes its shell when something touches it …   New idioms dictionary

  • clam up — informal abruptly stop talking. → clam …   English new terms dictionary

  • clam up — PHRASAL VERB If someone clams up, they stop talking, often because they are shy or to avoid giving away secrets. [INFORMAL] [V P] As soon as I told her my name, she clammed up …   English dictionary

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