Idioms

Origin of lip

before 1000; Middle English lip(pe), Old English lippa; cognate with Dutch lip, German Lippe; akin to Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

Related forms

lip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun

Definition for button up (2 of 2)

button

[ buht-n ]
/ ˈbʌt n /

noun


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be capable of being buttoned: This coat buttons, but that one zips.

Origin of button

1275–1325; Middle English boto(u)n < Anglo-French: rosehip, button, stud; Middle French boton, equivalent to boter to butt3 + -on noun suffix

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for button up (1 of 3)

button up

verb (tr, adverb)

to fasten (a garment) with a button or buttons
informal to conclude (business) satisfactorily
buttoned up slang taciturn; silent and somewhat tense

British Dictionary definitions for button up (2 of 3)

button

/ (ˈbʌtən) /

noun


verb

See also buttons, button up

Derived Forms

buttoner, nounbuttonless, adjectivebuttony, adjective

Word Origin for button

C14: from Old French boton, from boter to thrust, butt, of Germanic origin; see butt ³

British Dictionary definitions for button up (3 of 3)

lip

/ (lɪp) /

noun


verb lips, lipping or lipped

See also lip out

Derived Forms

lipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective

Word Origin for lip

Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium
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Medicine definitions for button up (1 of 2)

lip

[ lĭp ]

n.

Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
A liplike structure bounding or encircling a bodily cavity or groove.

Medicine definitions for button up (2 of 2)

button

[ bŭtn ]

n.

A knoblike structure, device, or lesion.

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Idioms and Phrases with button up (1 of 3)

button up

1

Close securely, fasten, as in The house was all buttoned up, or Button up your coat—it's very cold. [Late 1500s]


2

Also, button one's lip. Hold one's tongue, keep quiet. For example, Please button your lip about the surprise. A variant of this usage, button one's mouth, dates from the 17th century. [Mid-1800s]

3

Finish successfully, as in I've got this report all buttoned up. [c. 1940]

Idioms and Phrases with button up (2 of 3)

button

In addition to the idioms beginning with button

  • button one's lip
  • button up

also see:

  • cute as a button
  • have all one's buttons
  • on the button
  • push (press) someone's buttons
  • push the panic button

Idioms and Phrases with button up (3 of 3)

lip

In addition to the idioms beginning with lip

  • lips are sealed, one's
  • lip service

also see:

  • button up (one's lip)
  • keep a stiff upper lip
  • lick one's chops (lips)
  • pass one's lips

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