bite your tongue

bite your tongue
bite your tongue/lip/ phrase
to stop yourself from saying something that might upset or annoy someone

I almost told her what I thought of her, but I bit my tongue.

Thesaurus: to stop talking, or to not say anythingsynonym
Main entry: bite

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bite your tongue (also bite your lip)
informal : to not speak : to stop yourself from saying something that you are tempted to say

I thought she was acting foolishly, but I bit my tongue [=held my tongue] and didn't say anything.

— often used as a command

“I hope he gets hurt.” “Bite your tongue! [=don't say that] That's a terrible thing to say!”

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Main Entry:bite
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bite your tongue — see bite, 1
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Main Entry:tongue

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bite your ˈtongue idiom
to stop yourself from saying sth that might upset sb or cause an argument, although you want to speak

I didn't believe her explanation but I bit my tongue.

Main entry:biteidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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