bite your lip

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)
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Remember me tomorrow when you're forced to bite your lip While surgeons sew up stitches, where's the silicon chip?
'As a coach, sometimes you just have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way,' Robinson said.
Don't bribe, plead or entice her, just bite your lip. One day she'll change.
Organise a holiday you'll both enjoy and bite your lip when you want to whine about someone.
Then bite your lip before laying into his appearance again!
"'It's been a frustrating week for me, but you bite your lip and get on with it.
"Gareth kept telling me, 'Bite your lip, bide your time.
'It's sometimes hard to bite your lip, especially when we've got such fiery characters in our dressing-room,' he said.
These things happen and you've just got to bite your lip and get on with it."
'As a coach, sometimes you have to bite your lip and trust your players that they will find a way,' said Pirates head coach Topex Robinson as his team improved to 2-0.
So I'd bite your lip and keep your negative thoughts to yourself.
'I told him, 'Bite your lip, David, and don't swear'.
"Sometimes, you have to bite your lip. It is about pulling together (on a Lions tour) to achieve a goal, and I don't think that is the best way to go.
"We get on each other's nerves now and again, but you just have times when you have to bite your lip and say nothing."