clam up 沉默不语
A: When Joe and Lisa were splitting in each one's throat, why did you clam up without speaking up for Lisa?
B: I could not put in a word in edge ways. They came on each other like a lon of bricks.
A: But you should stand up for Lisa. You should be fair and square.
B: I do not take side with anyone unless I'm sure of what I'm doing.
clip joint 高消费的场所
A: I need his help. But I don't know how to ask him.
B: When you talk to him, be sure to pick the right place and right mood.
A: I thought I would treat him to a dinner in a good restaurant, but most of the restaurants nearby are clip joints, you know?
B: It's not the time for you to pinch pennies, It's the time for you to splurge a bit.