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Historical Examples of close-lipped

  • He smiled his close-lipped smile that made wrinkles like gashes in his cheeks.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • Clark was close-lipped once, not given to levity and—to toddy.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • His face reflected in the mirror was impassive and close-lipped.

    Beginners Luck

    Emily Hahn

  • The independent and close-lipped scout was riding outside the group.

  • This negation of hope has “close-lipped Patience for its only friend.”

British Dictionary definitions for close-lipped


close-mouthed (ˌkləʊsˈmaʊðd, -ˈmaʊθt)

  1. not talking or revealing much
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