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hold one's tongue
Fig. to refrain from speaking; to refrain from saying something unpleasant. I felt like scolding her, but I held my tongue. Hold your tongue, John. You can't talk to me that way!
hold your tongue
to say nothing or to stop speaking He wanted to tell her the secret but wisely decided to hold his tongue.
hold your tongue(old-fashioned)
to stop talking George had learned to accept these little insults. He held his tongue.