put a sock in it

put a sock in it

Meaning

  • to ask someone to stop talking
  • to ask someone to shut up
  • to not say anything

Example Sentences

  1. The teacher had asked the student to be quiet several times but he was still talking. She got angry and asked him to put a sock in it.
  2. I am going to put a sock in it until things are more finalized.
  3. The rangers put a sock in it when they are looking for wild animals to place the tag on.
  4. The lawyer had to put a sock in it when he went overboard with questioning the poor old lady.
  5. My granddaughter has a lot to say at all times and just cannot put a sock in it.
  6. The children immediately put a sock in it when it is time for their father to come home.
  7. The maid had put a sock in it while doing the dishes because her employer was asleep on the sofa and could have gotten disturbed.

Origin

The origin comes from British English where people have a highly sarcastic and funny manner of speaking with each other when they are in an informal setting. The phrase is used more in a joking, informal way of addressing friends.

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Last night a door was rattling and my husband “put a sock in it”, which was to hand, to stop it making the disturbing noise. We use this phrase quite often refer to disturbing noises.

- Louise August 13, 2021

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