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The meaning of "pipe down"

" Pipe down "
An instruction to shut-up or be quiet.
Okay kids, the lesson has started. Pipe down and I'll begin.
Where did it originate?:
USA, 19th century. Probably deriving from an earlier British Navy source.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, if a little dated.
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