weigh words

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weigh (one's) words

1. To choose what one says carefully. Weigh your words when you talk to the boss—this is a situation you need to finesse.
2. To think about what someone else has said. I've been weighing his words all day, trying to figure out what he meant.
See also: weigh, word

weigh someone's words

 
1. Fig. to consider carefully what someone says. I listened to what he said, and I weighed his words very carefully. Everyone was weighing his words. None of us knew exactly what he meant.
2. Fig. to consider one's own words carefully when speaking. I always weigh my words when I speak in public. John was weighing his words carefully because he didn't want to be misunderstood.
See also: weigh, word
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Give the person your undivided attention as you weigh each word, each phrase, each sentence.