bite (one's) tongue

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bite (one's) tongue

1. Literally, to accidentally pinch one's tongue with one's teeth. My daughter started crying after she bit her tongue.
2. To stop oneself from saying something (often something potentially inappropriate, hurtful, or offensive). I had to bite my tongue as my sister gushed about her new boyfriend yet again.
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bite one's tongue

 
1. Lit. to bite down on one's tongue by accident. Ouch! I bit my tongue!
2. Fig. to struggle not to say something that you really want to say. I had to bite my tongue to keep from telling her what I really thought. I sat through that whole silly conversation biting my tongue.
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bite one's tongue

Refrain from speaking out, as in A new grandmother must learn to bite her tongue so as not to give unwanted advice, or I'm sure it'll rain during graduation.-Bite your tongue! This term alludes to holding the tongue between the teeth in an effort not to say something one might regret. Shakespeare used it in 2 Henry VI (1:1): "So York must sit and fret and bite his tongue." Today it is sometimes used as a humorous imperative, as in the second example, with the implication that speaking might bring bad luck. [Late 1500s] Also see hold one's tongue.
See also: bite, tongue

bite your tongue

COMMON If you bite your tongue, you do not say something that you would like to say. All I can do is to bite my tongue if I want to keep my job.
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bite your tongue

make a desperate effort to avoid saying something.
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bite your ˈtongue

stop yourself from saying something that might upset somebody or cause an argument, although you want to speak: I didn’t believe her explanation but I bit my tongue. OPPOSITE: give somebody a piece of your mind
See also: bite, tongue
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Nicki is really disrespecting her, and she's tired of trying to bite her tongue all the time," contactmusic.
A source revealed to Fox News that Carey doesn't want to come back, as Minaj is really disrespecting her and she is tired of trying to bite her tongue all the time, Contactmusic reported.
He proceeded then to bite her tongue with such ferocity that he bit off a large part of her tongue completely.
There is also her Mama, who didn't bite her tongue while dishing out fashion advice to the women of Pipe Shop and whose sewing she "took in" from a corner of her parents' bedroom, often telling the ladies why the latest fashion wasn't becoming on them.
It was not intended for her not to breathe; it was intended for her not to bite her tongue off.
She's never been one to bite her tongue,'' said USC assistant coach Frank Scott, who also coached Leslie at Morningside and was an assistant under Miller.
I say this with some trepidation - because I'm not very good at it myself - but she has to bite her tongue and adopt a hands-off attitude.