tight-lipped


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tight·lipped

also tight-lipped  (tīt′lĭpt′)
adj.
1. Having the lips pressed together: a tightlipped smile.
2. Reluctant to speak; close-mouthed. See Synonyms at laconic.
3. Characterized by restraint or reserve in expression: The politician gave tightlipped responses to questions about the incident.

tight′lipped′ness n.

tight-lipped

adj
1. reticent, secretive, or taciturn
2. with the lips pressed tightly together, as through anger

tight′-lipped′



adj.
1. speaking very little; taciturn; closemouthed.
2. having the lips drawn tight.
[1875–80]
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tight-lipped

adjective secretive, reticent, uncommunicative, reserved, quiet, silent, mute, taciturn, close-mouthed, unforthcoming, close-lipped Officials are tight-lipped about launching an attack.
Translations

tight-lipped

[ˈtaɪtˈlɪpt] ADJ
1. (= secretive) → hermético
to be/remain tight-lipped about sthmantener la boca cerrada respecto a algo
tight-lipped silencesilencio m hermético
2. (= angry) [person] → mudo de rabia; [expression] → de rabia contenida

tight-lipped

[ˌtaɪtˈlɪpt] adj to be tight-lipped (silent) → essere reticente; (angry) → tenere le labbra serrate
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