bite (one's) lip

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bite (one's) lip

To forcibly prevent oneself from exhibiting an outward reaction to something, especially that which makes one angry, irritated, or upset. I just had to bite my lip while the boss yelled at me for losing the account. If someone tries to provoke you, just bite your lip and keep walking.
See also: bite, lip
References in classic literature ?
Changeable is she, and wayward; often have I seen her bite her lip, and pass the comb against the grain of her hair.
Naturally wondering what the letter might contain, I watched her countenance while she read it, and was somewhat surprised to see her bite her lip and knit her brows as if in anger.
The 70-year-old chef admits she struggles to bite her lip when her Welsh husband Michael Wynn-Jones wears the apron.