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[lid] /lɪd/
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.
  1. the cover of the capsule; operculum.
  2. the upper section of a pyxidium.
Slang. one ounce of marijuana.
verb (used with object), lidded, lidding.
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
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlid; cognate with Dutch, German lid, Old Norse hlith gate, gateway
Related forms
sublid, noun
underlid, noun
unlidded, adjective Unabridged
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  • When he is not having uses of the tools in the tool-box, then the tool-box has its lid down and it is a seat to sit on.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • Taking a key from his belt, he unlocked the chest and raised its lid.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • Toddles lifted the lid; and then his eyes shifted slowly and traveled up the car.

  • She lifted up the lid of her desk, and hid her head, but we all knew she was crying.

    Little Prudy Sophie May
  • Pour the gravy over the meat, and put on the other sheet of paste as the lid of the pie.

British Dictionary definitions for lid


a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptacle: a saucepan lid, a desk lid
short for eyelid
(botany) another name for operculum (sense 2)
(slang) short for skidlid
(US, old-fashioned, slang) a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce
(Austral, informal) dip one's lid, to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc
(slang) flip one's lid, to become crazy or angry
(informal) put the lid on
  1. (Brit) to be the final blow to
  2. to curb, prevent, or discourage
(informal) take the lid off, to make startling or spectacular revelations about
Derived Forms
lidded, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hlid; related to Old Friesian hlid, Old High German hlit cover
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for lid



  1. A hat (1896+)
  2. One ounce of marijuana: a shutdown on grass, lids were going for thirty dollars/ lifted out the back seat and found a lid of marijuana (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

blow the lid off, flip one's lid, put a lid on someone or something, skid lid

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with lid
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