watch your mouth/tongue

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watch (one's) mouth

To be very mindful or cautious about what one says; to control what one says in order to avoid offensive language. Watch your mouth! I don't care how you speak at home, that's not how we talk here. After being threatened with detention for my snide remarks in class, I knew I had to watch my mouth for the rest of the semester.
See also: mouth, watch
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watch your ˈmouth/ˈtongue

be careful what you say in order not to offend somebody or make them angry: Now, you just watch your mouth around your grandparents, Billy! OPPOSITE: shoot your mouth off (about something)
See also: mouth, tongue, watch
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You're good at detecting other people's motivations but watch your tongue. A new friend is very sensitive to the use of sarcasm.
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Copernicus, I'd watch your tongue. You are now face to face with Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation.
That, of course, is by no means impossible, and if it does happen, you will be the onewho will have to watch your tongue.
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