- the cover of the capsule; operculum.
- the upper section of a pyxidium.
verb (used with object), lid·ded, lid·ding.
Origin of lid
Related Words for blow the lid offplay, rollick, frisk, romp, dance, spring, bound, bounce, jump, leap, hop, skip, gambol, disclose, expose, reveal
- Britishto be the final blow to
- to curb, prevent, or discourage
Word Origin 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.
blow the lid off
Also, blow wide open. Expose, especially a scandal or illegal activity. For example, The newspaper's investigation blew the lid off the governor's awarding state contracts to his friends. [First half of 1900s]
see blow the lid off; flip one's lid; put the lid on.