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Button your lip

[ 2010-01-06 16:59]     字号 [] [] []  
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Button your lip

Our boss plans to promote Bob, who is neither responsible nor capable. But you'd better button your lip and not say a word against it, because Bob is nobody but the boss's brother-in-law. Could you explain “button your lip”?

My comments:

This is an advice for you to keep your mouth tightly shut. That is, not to say a word of disapproval to Bob’s promotion to avoid possible retributions. After all, Bob’s the boss’s brother-in-law – he is very likely to get the promotion in spite of what you may think of his qualifications, or lacks thereof.

Sounds like a typical family-owned business operation anywhere in the world.

Anyways, button your lip – keep it sealed – like you button up your shirt.

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Zhang Xin has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.