a bit of lip off anyone

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Hi all,

Here is a context:

There was nothing spectacular about Lewis, and it was a little unsettling to see my sister, whom I'd always admired for being pucky and tough and not taking a bit of lip off anyone, shrining into his arms whenever the world rose up to meet her face to face.

Please make it clear for me.

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  • Uncle Bob

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    British English
    Lewis will not accept "a bit of lip" from anyone.
    "a bit of lip" is cheekiness.
    He will not allow anyone to be cheeky to him.


    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    The phrasing "take any lip" is probably a little more common in AE.

    It's dialogue, of course, so there is latitude: whether to use "lip off anyone" or "lip from anyone" is a matter of choice.
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