bite one's tongue

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bite one's tongue

  1. (idiomatic) To forcibly prevent oneself from speaking, especially in order to avoid saying something inappropriate or likely to cause a dispute.
    After the biting, bigoted comments she made about homosexuals, I wanted to scream at her, but I bit my tongue instead.

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Bite your tongue! She has enough on her mind without having to worry about comments like that from you.

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