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  1. a removable or hinged cover for closing the opening, usually at the top, of a pot, jar, trunk, etc.; a movable cover.

  2. an eyelid.

  1. a restraint, ceiling, or curb, as on prices or news.

  2. Slang. a hat, cap, or other head covering.

  3. (in mosses)

    • the cover of the capsule; operculum.

    • the upper section of a pyxidium.

  4. Slang. one ounce of marijuana.

verb (used with object),lid·ded, lid·ding.
  1. to supply or cover with a lid.

Idioms about lid

  1. 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.

  2. 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

Other words from lid

  • sublid, noun
  • un·der·lid, noun
  • un·lid·ded, adjective

Words Nearby lid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lid in a sentence

  • Taking off the lid she emptied its contents in a heap—silver and copper with one or two gold pieces intermixed—on the table.

    The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
  • She glanced uneasily at Gwynne and fancied she could hear him slam the lid of his breeding upon a supercilious sputter.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Gwynne pressed the little gilt nob, and as the lid flew up Isabel cried out, with delight.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • Thats music for you, chuckled the old man, raising the lid to see if the water had boiled sufficiently.

    The Fifth String   | John Philip Sousa
  • Marie lifted the lid from the stove, and a warm red glow of reflected light filled the little kitchen.

    The Amazing Interlude | Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for lid


/ (lɪd) /

  1. a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptacle: a saucepan lid; a desk lid

  2. short for eyelid

  1. botany another name for operculum (def. 2)

  2. slang short for skidlid

  3. US old-fashioned, slang a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce

  4. dip one's lid Australian informal to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc

  5. flip one's lid slang to become crazy or angry

  6. put the lid on informal

    • British to be the final blow to

    • to curb, prevent, or discourage

  7. take the lid off informal to make startling or spectacular revelations about

Origin of lid

Old English hlid; related to Old Friesian hlid, Old High German hlit cover

Derived forms of lid

  • lidded, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with lid


see blow the lid off; flip one's lid; put the lid on.

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