bite one's lip

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bite one's lip

  1. (idiomatic) To forcibly prevent oneself from speaking, especially in order to avoid saying something inappropriate or likely to cause a dispute.
    • 1822, Sir Walter Scott, chapter 49, in Peveril of the Peak:
      Buckingham bit his lip, for he saw the introduction of Lady Derby was likely to confuse and embroil every preparation which he had arranged for his defence.
    • 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald, "May Day" in Tales of the Jazz Age:
      He broke off and bit his lip, feeling that he had better subdue the rising anger in his voice.

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