A lip is the fleshy part around the mouth. The plural is ‘lips’. We use the plural form when refering to the lips e.g. He kissed me on the lips.

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.
  • tight-lipped
    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.

idiomatic expressions with body parts - lips
common body idioms LIPS in English - keep a stiff upper lip
common body idioms LIPS in English - lips are sealed
common body idioms LIPS in English - tight-lipped

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