bite one's lip

bite one's lip
phrasal or bite one's tongue
: to hold back a remark one would like to make

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bite one's lip
To restrain one's anger or mirth
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Main Entry:bite
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bite one's lip
1. To do this to show annoyance or disappointment
2. To repress laughter, tears, an angry retort, etc
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Main Entry:lip

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I
dig one's front teeth into one's lip in embarrassment, grief, or annoyance, or to prevent oneself from saying something or to control oneself when experiencing physical pain
figurative forcing oneself to remain silent even though annoyed, provoked, or in possession of information

he could have mocked Carol's obnoxious behavior, but he bit his lip

II
repress an emotion; stifle laughter or a retort

she bit her lip to stop the rush of bitter words


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