watch (one's) tongue

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watch (one's) tongue

To be very mindful or cautious about what one says; to keep a check on one's language or control what one says. You'd better watch your tongue around these parts, mister, or you'll find yourself on the wrong end of someone's fist! After being threatened with failure for my snide remarks in class, I knew had to watch my tongue for the rest of the semester.
See also: tongue, watch
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told President Ahmadi-nejad on his arrival in New York to watch his tongue and cease making one provocative remark after another.
In this regard, my advise for the Prime Minister is not to watch his tongue, and not to slip such statements, because they speak of certain hesitancy, and even of certain weakness, if you wish," Parvanov declared.
ON MANY occasions, we've pointed out that the President is not one to watch his tongue.
FLIPPING HECK: Rooney will have to watch his tongue
While Mack has to watch his tongue on TV, he doesn't hold back on stage.
Queudrue, as the only Frenchman in the Boro dressing room, admits he might have to watch his tongue in the coming months, jesting: "I'm quite happy but it's dangerous for me
If Pat Buchanan had ever been told to watch his tongue, he might not have become the celebrity he is today.
So stop being silly and, while you're at it, tell your pal to watch his tongue in future.