weigh (one's) 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 one 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

weigh one's words

Speak or write with deliberation or considerable care, as in The doctor weighed his words as he explained her illness. This term was first recorded in 1340.
See also: weigh, word

weigh your ˈwords

carefully choose the words you use when you speak or write: He spoke very slowly, weighing his words.
See also: weigh, word
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Mr Blackford's comments prompted Speaker John Bercow to intervene and urge him to "weigh his words" as Conservative MPs shouted "withdraw".
Speaking in the Parliament House, he advised the prime minister to weigh his words before saying anything as he held an important position.
When the usually taciturn General TY Danjuma was practically pushed to an outburst over the widespread killings in Taraba and other areas, agents of the government did not immediately weigh his words. Immediately, we started seeing recollections of what Danjuma did and did not do in the past.
Dar is an uncouth fellow who does not weigh his words before uttering them.
He is not precise in his use of language and does not weigh his words like an academic would, trying to present an idea so as not to be misunderstood.
On this issue, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson did not weigh his words, explaining that "the situation in the Aegean Sea has become unbearable.
Lots of Derrida, some de Man, but no Freud--for Lee's aim is to explore the literarity of Balzac's text, to take seriously, at face value, the letter of these works, carefully to weigh his words rather than be drawn into the powerful gravitational field of the monumental, indeed ossified, Balzac statue erected by the nouveaux romanciers and traditional criticism of the past.
"I would have thought a man who is said to be a philosopher would weigh his words more carefully.