- a removable or hinged cover for closing the opening, usually at the top, of a pot, jar, trunk, etc.; a movable cover.
- an eyelid.
- a restraint, ceiling, or curb, as on prices or news.
- Slang. a hat, cap, or other head covering.
- (in mosses)
- the cover of the capsule; operculum.
- the upper section of a pyxidium.
- Slang. one ounce of marijuana.
- to supply or cover with a lid.
- blow/flip one's lid, Slang. to lose control, especially to rage hysterically: He nearly flipped his lid over the way they damaged his car.Also flip one's wig.
- blow the lid off, Informal. to expose to public view, especially to reveal something scandalous, illegal, etc.
Origin of lid
Examples from the Web for lid
“Hard hat…heavy jacket…welding gloves…fish landing net…a sheet…a big Tupperware bin with a lid,” he says.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
A Saudi Arabian television ad for Viagra shows a man struggling to push a straw through the lid of his beverage.Laughter Will Be the Legacy of Viagra
October 2, 2014
Trying to keep a lid on yet more rumors about your sexuality.Dear John, It Gets Better: A Letter to Travolta
July 24, 2014
“I want to use information to put a lid on that local corruption before it gets too extreme,” Simon told The Daily Beast.Who’s Watching Your Statehouse? No One.
July 19, 2014
Crumbs avoided advertising and contracted production out, thus keeping a lid on costs.The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes
July 8, 2014
He crumpled the poster and inserted it beneath the lid of his iron stove.Way of the Lawless
Then put the cover, or lid, on as in Fig. 13, but do not tighten it.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
In the middle of the room was that box you saw, with the lid open.
When the lid was in position, hot coals were put on he top of it.In the Midst of Alarms
So, with one consent, the two children again lifted the lid.The Paradise of Children
- a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptaclea saucepan lid; a desk lid
- short for eyelid
- botany another name for operculum (def. 2)
- slang short for skidlid
- US old-fashioned, slang a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce
- dip one's lid Australian informal to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc
- flip one's lid slang to become crazy or angry
- put the lid on informal
- Britishto be the final blow to
- to curb, prevent, or discourage
- take the lid off informal to make startling or spectacular revelations about
Word Origin and History for lid
mid-13c., from Old English hlid "lid, cover, opening, gate," from Proto-Germanic *khlithan (cf. Old Norse hlið "gate, gap," Swedish lid "gate," Old French hlid, Middle Dutch lit, Dutch lid, Old High German hlit "lid, cover"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)), with here perhaps the sense of "that which bends over." Meaning "eyelid" is from early 13c. Slang sense of "hat, cap" is attested from 1896. Slang phrase put a lid on "clamp down on, silence, end" is from 1906.