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 ?
I had to bite my lip to prevent myself from laughing.
I flung aside a crib of Horace I had been reading, and began to clench my fists, to bite my lips, and to pace the room.
To get involved with the characters, to laugh out loud at bits and bite my lip at others.
Speaking to The Seven O'Clock Show, she said: "I had to bite my lip and be as calm and polite as possible.
think i will have 2 bite my lip over the 'incident' o wait already done that
Some people I know have strong judgments, and sometimes I am unable to bite my lip, and end up biting their heads off.
One mum - who lost her son, Craig, aged just 20 in Iraq - spoke with such passion and integrity I had to bite my lip hard not to shed a tear.
I'm quite a volatile man and had to bite my lip as my 10-year-old son was standing beside me.