What does zip your lip mean?


Idiom Meaning:

stop talking and be quiet


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)

Time of Scene: ~00:14:30

Sgt. Hooks: Please, sit down, sit down. Please. Zip your lips, slap your butts to the seat and listen hard!!! That’s a lot better.

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Quantum Leap “Lee Harvey Oswald” (1992)

Sgt. Lopez: Just a word of advice, Private. You wanna ship home with all the body parts you came here with, zip your lip.

Sam: Aye-aye, Sergeant Beaner.

Sgt. Lopez: See you on liberty, Oswald.

Al: Sam, are you outta your mind? You can’t talk to anybody like that, much less a marine sergeant!

Sam: I know, Al. I know.

Al: Then why’d you do it?

Sam: I didn’t.

Al: Excuse me, I heard you!

Sam: You heard the words come out of my mouth, but I didn’t say ’em.

Al: You’re scaring me, Sam.


The Big Bang Theory “The Irish Pub Formulation” (2010)

Time of Scene: ~00:14:50

Leonard: Where did you get that?

Sheldon: From an orang-u-tan in the primate lab.

Leonard: An orang-u-tan?

Sheldon: Well, no-one’s going to run a DNA test on it, Leonard, honestly you over-think everything.

Leonard: Sheldon, I don’t need an alibi. Nobody’s going to ask about last night as long as you just zip your lip. Thank you. Now don’t worry, everything is going to be fine.



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