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.
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bite your lip

repress an emotion; stifle laughter or a retort.
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bite your ˈlip

force yourself not to express the negative emotions that you are feeling: You could tell she thought the criticism was unfair but she bit her lip and said nothing. OPPOSITE: let rip (at somebody) (with something)
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.
However, he contended before presiding judge Urfan Omar that he did not bite her lips and that he only kissed her on the cheek.