Clam Up

Welcome to English in a minute!A clam is a type of shellfish that lives in water.But what do you think this idiom means? Clam up.Hey,how was your weekend? It was great!I went to on a nice bike ride
and met with friends for dinner. What beautiful weather!And…how did your date go Friday with my friend Pat? Well…Uh oh,why are you clamming up?C’mon,talk! I am sure he’s great.I…just don’t think we’re right for each other…To clam up means to say nothing….or stop talking.This idiom compares a clam closing its shell to a person shutting his or her mouth.We use this expression to describe a person who,for whatever reason,does not want to give a response.And that’s English in a minute!

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