dummy up
intransitive verb Date: 1926 to say nothing ; clam up

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dummy up — verb 1. refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent The children shut up when their father approached • Syn: ↑close up, ↑clam up, ↑shut up, ↑belt up, ↑button up, ↑be quiet, ↑keep mum …   Useful english dictionary

  • dummy up — N. Amer. informal keep quiet. → dummy …   English new terms dictionary

  • dummy up — verb a) To make a mock up or prototype version of something, without some or all off its intended functionality. The carpenters dummied up a set of simple props for the rehearsals. b) To not answer questions. When he couldnt think of any more… …   Wiktionary

  • dummy up — in. to refuse to talk. (Underworld. See also clam up.) □ Tracy dummied up when they got her into the station. □ Rocko dummied up right away. He’s a real thoroughbred …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • dummy up — vb to keep silent; refuse to speak. A more robust alternative to clam up, used for instance by underworld characters in fact and fiction …   Contemporary slang

  • dummy up — v. shut up, remain quiet, keep silent; refuse to answer; refuse to talk …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dummy — [dum′ē] n. pl. dummies [< DUMB + Y2] 1. [Old Slang] a person unable to talk; mute: an offensive term 2. a figure made in human form, as for displaying clothing, practicing tackling in football, etc. 3. an imitation or sham; substitute for the… …   English World dictionary

  • dummy — /dum ee/, n., pl. dummies, adj., v., dummied, dummying. n. 1. a representation or copy of something, as for displaying to indicate appearance: a display of lipstick dummies made of colored plastic. 2. a representation of a human figure, as for… …   Universalium

  • dummy — 1 noun (C) 1 COPY an object that is made to look like a tool, weapon, vehicle etc but which you cannot use: Don t worry about the gun, it s a dummy. 2 FOR CLOTHES a large model in the shape of a person, especially used when you are making clothes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dummy — n., adj., & v. n. (pl. ies) 1 a model of a human being, esp.: a a ventriloquist s doll. b a figure used to model clothes in a shop window etc. c a target used for firearms practice. 2 (often attrib.) a a counterfeit object used to replace or… …   Useful english dictionary

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