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Learn some common British English idioms with this lesson from Britlish. The idioms are: Pay lip service, Lick your lips, Bite your lip, Give someone lip, My lips are sealed, Smack lips, Slip of the lip, Tight-lipped, Lock lips, Pass my lips, Stiff upper lip, A bit lippy, Read my lips, Loose lips, Button your lip, and On everyone’s lips. This lesson is part of the Body Idioms series at Britlish.com.Body Idioms Course
PAY LIP SERVICE
When you pay lip service to someone or something, you are saying you agree with it or support it when you do not.
“I don’t want you to just pay lip service to my suggestion, I want you to think about it.”
LICK YOUR LIPS
To lick your lips is to show your eagerness or anticipation for a future event.
“My students have been licking their lips in anticipation of this book.”
BITE YOUR LIP
To bite your lip is to decline to respond emotionally to something which is annoying or irritating.
“If a bully tries to make you angry, simply bite your lip and walk away. Bullies hate that.”
GIVE SOMEONE LIP
To speak in a rude or disrespectful manner to someone is to give them lip.
“If you give me any more of your lip, I’ll punch you.”
MY LIPS ARE SEALED
If your lips are sealed, you are refusing to divulge information about something.
“I’m telling you nothing. My lips are sealed.”
If you smack your lips you are showing that you are eager to eat, or that you enjoyed eating something.
“I told it was the best roast beef I had ever tasted, smacking my lips.”
NOTE: Smacking in this case is not hitting like a smack but is making a smacking sound with your lips.
SLIP OF THE LIP
A slip of the lip/tongue is an inadvertent mistake made in speaking.
“No, I didn’t mean to say he had won. I’m sorry but it was a slip of the lip/tongue.”
if someone is being tight-lipped, they are not giving any information about something.
“I must say you’re being very tight-lipped about what he said.”
Another term for kissing is to lock lips.
“I would like to lock lips with her.”
PASS MY LIPS
If you promise not to say anything about something, you can say that not a word will pass your lips.
“She promised that not a word of it would pass her lips, and then she told everyone.”
STIFF UPPER LIP
The famous British stiff upper lip is the ability to show no emotional response no matter how difficult the circumstances.
“I was taught to keep a stiff upper lip regardless of circumstances.”
A BIT LIPPY
Someone who is a bit lippy tends to say things that are rude or disrespectful to others.
“He can be a bit lippy at times, which is why he never gets promoted.”
READ MY LIPS
When you ask somebody to read/watch your lips you are asking them sarcastically to really listen to what you are saying to them.
“Read/watch my lips! We’re not going to Disneyland.”
If you talk too much and reveal too much sensitive information, you are described as loose lipped.
“In World War II, the Americans use the expression ‘loose lips sink ships’ to try to stop people giving the enemy secrets.”
BUTTON YOUR LIP
To tell someone to button their lip is to tell them in a rather rude way to shut up and stop talking.
“I wish you would just button your lip. You have been going on about the same thing all morning.”
ON EVERYONE’S LIPS
Something which is on everybody’s/everyone’s lips is something that everybody is talking about.
“Since the newspapers got hold of what he had done, his name is been on everyone’s lips.”
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