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.
    • 2011, Mike Pappas, Growing Up the Greek Way in the Big Apple (page 103)
      She wanted to go see a movie called Gigi, which I was not too thrilled about. But being a gentleman, I bit my tongue and said, “Okay.”

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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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