American Idioms and Expressions

Clam Up Idiom

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clam up
What does clam up mean?
to stop talkingThe girl clammed up when her boyfriend entered the room.
clam up
What does clam up mean?
to stop talking, to refuse to talk (like a clam closes its shell)I had to clam up during the meeting so my boss would not become angry with me.
clam up
What does clam up mean?
to close one's mouth, to shut upThe students clammed up when they saw the teacher.
clam up
What does clam up mean?
to stop talking The girl clammed up when her boyfriend entered the room.

clam up
What does clam up mean?
to stop talking, to refuse to talk (like a clam closes its shell) I had to clam up during the meeting so my boss would not become angry with me.

clam up
What does clam up mean?
to close one's mouth, to shut up The students clammed up when they saw the teacher.


Some Random Idioms
change the subject
What does "change the subject" mean?
to begin talking about something differentI tried to change the subject when my friend began to talk about the money that I owed him.
in bad faith
What does "in bad faith" mean?
with bad or dishonest intentThe man was bargaining in bad faith when he tried to buy the car.
make (it/an event)
What does "make (it/an event)" mean?
attend an eventI was feeling sick so I was not able to make the monthly meeting of our club.
lip
What does "lip" mean?
rebuttal; argument; back talk
as happy as a clam
What does "as happy as a clam" mean?
happy and content The little girl was as happy as a clam while she played with her toys.

For donkey's years
What does "For donkey's years" mean?
(UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
nip
What does "nip" mean?
Japanese; Japanese person
at the hands of (someone or something)
What does "at the hands of (someone or something)" mean?
because of someone or something else We were at the hands of nature as we waited for the storm to end.

bore (someone) stiff/to death
What does "bore (someone) stiff/to death" mean?
to bore someone very muchMost of the guests at the wedding were bored stiff with the long speeches.
keep up with (someone or something)
What does "keep up with (someone or something)" mean?
go at the same speed as a person or thing, maintain the same rate of progressI can`t keep up with the rest of the class.

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