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.
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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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