hold your tongue


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hold (one's) tongue

To stay quiet despite wanting to say something. If you want to say something rude to my girlfriend, please hold your tongue, all right?
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hold your tongue

If you hold your tongue, you do not speak. Douglas held his tongue, preferring not to speak out on a politically sensitive issue. Note: People sometimes say hold your tongue as an angry way of telling someone to be quiet. `Hold your tongue, woman,' he had warned her furiously.
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hold your tongue

remain silent. informal
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ˌhold your ˈpeace/ˈtongue

(old-fashioned) say nothing; remain silent although you would like to give your opinion: We don’t want anyone to know what’s happened, so you’d better hold your tongue — do you understand?I didn’t want to start another argument, so I held my peace.
See also: hold, peace, tongue
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