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.
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If a relative or loved one doesn't watch their tongue they will blurt out the wrong thing and cause all kinds of emotional strain.
ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Reaffirming her full support for US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richards Holbrook, Central Secretary Information PPP Fauzia Wahab on Friday underlined that every one must watch their tongue when commenting against US as it has given us a lot and in return we ought to respect them thick and thin.
ISLAMABAD, January 15, 2010 (Frontier star): Reaffirming her full support for US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard's Holbrook, Central Secretary Information PPP Fauzia Wahab on Friday underlined that every one must watch their tongue when commenting against US as it has given us a lot and in return we ought to respect them thick and thin.
Other chefs manage to watch their tongue, but he gets away with it.
Weeks later, the clergyman said the church was not opposed to donations but only wanted the politicians to watch their tongues when they take to the pulpit.
All actors must, therefore, watch their tongues. While INEC must ensure that the processes leading to the outcome remain clean, free and fair, the security agents must not do the bidding of candidates.
Women had to watch their tongues in those days too.