Shut your cake-hole


What's the meaning of the phrase 'Shut your cake hole'?

Be quiet.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Shut your cake hole'?

This slang expression is of UK origin, dating from the middle of the 20th century. It was widely used in the UK until about 1970s and, although somewhat archaic now, it is still used occasionally. Hunt and Pringle record it in their 1943 reference book Service Slang:

“Cake hole, the airman’s name for his or anyone else’s mouth.”

The later equivalent term ‘shut your pie-hole’ began use in the USA in the 1980s. It isn’t clear if that derives from the ‘cake-hole’ version or was coined independently.

Trend of shut your cake – hole in printed material over time

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Gary Martin

Writer and researcher on the origins of phrases and the creator of the Phrase Finder website. Over the past 26 years more than 700 million of his pages have been downloaded by readers. He is one of the most popular and trusted sources of information on phrases and idioms.