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zip it

Meaning: to ask someone to shut up

Example: The teacher had asked the class to zip it but today everybody seemed to want to talk a lot. So she punished the entire class. Read on

famous last words

Meaning: a comment or a prophecy that is expected to be proved incorrect

Example: I was thinking that I will not have dinner today. Famous last words, I am very hungry. Read on

speak soon

Meaning: talk to you soon

Example: Thank you so much for your assistance Sandra, speak soon. Read on

slip of the tongue

Meaning: a mistake in speech (or writing)

Example: The election bill was altered, by what I believe was a slip of the pen. Read on

over and out

Meaning: said when someone is finished talking

Example: I have told you that you will not be going to the party. There will be no further discussion. Over and out. Read on

hold tongue

Meaning: to keep quiet when one would rather speak

Example: When she said that she was very hardworking I had to hold my tongue. Read on

eat words

Meaning: to take back what was said

Example: I can't believe that he didn't trust that we could win. He will have to eat his words. Read on

in touch

Meaning: keep in touch

Example: We will definitely keep in touch with each other when you move to Australia. Read on

say what

Meaning: used when asking someone to repeat what they have said

Example: They are going out tonight, even though we told them to stay at home. "Say what!" Read on

speak up

Meaning: raise your voice

Example: Can you speak up because those at the back can barely hear you? Read on

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banana republic

Meaning: a small, poor country with a weak, corrupt or dishonest government

Example: If the current Prime Minister wins the election again, nobody can save our country from becoming a banana republic. Read on

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