law of the tongue

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law of the tongue (plural laws of the tongue)

  1. Appropriate control of one's words.
    • 1922, Louis Albert Banks, The new ten commandments, and other sermons, page 16:
      How close the Psalmist came to the proper law of the tongue when he exclaimed: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord"
  2. An implicit agreement between whalers of Eden, Australia, and local orcas, in which the orcas would invite whalers on a whale hunt, in exchange for dibs on the catch, primarily the whale's tongue.