lip idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘lip’.
- give someone lip
meaning – talk to someone disrespectfully/backchat
example – I’m grounded again, I gave the teacher some lip and she sent me home.
- keep a stiff upper lip
meaning – be brave and not reveal your emotions during difficult times
example – Stewart kept a stiff upper lip even though he didn’t get picked for the team.
- lips are sealed
meaning – promise to keep the secret
example – Don’t worry, their lips are sealed. They won’t get us into trouble.
- on everyone’s lips
meaning – something that is being talked/gossiped about by lots of people
example – He has been caught again cheating on here. The question on everyone’s lips is…Will she divorce him?
- read one’s lips
meaning – listen carefully and follow the speaker’s words
example – Read my lips! You’re not getting on a motorbike with that boy.
meaning – reluctant to speak about something
example – I think my daughter is being bullied but she is staying very tight-lipped about it.
lip idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.