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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In the same vein, the political leadership in the country should reflect on its speech, weigh their words and distinguish between criticism and insult.
With such a ripe prospect in the face of the continued fighting in Marawi, it would do well for all parties-government agencies, officials, military forces, and private individuals to weigh their words and check their actions, lest these result in unintended consequences in the battlefield where hardly any rules apply.
Ebrahim's lecture on aACAySins of the Tongue' urged the faithful to weigh their words carefully.
The BBC News reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged "everyone should weigh their words very carefully," after a fellow coalition member suggested that Greece must leave the eurozone.
There is something in common between Masri and the Prime Minister: Both men are cautious and weigh their words carefully as though they were ounces of gold, and try not to make any gaffes, or say things that they would regret and would have to subsequently retract or apologize for.
Merkel said in a radio interview that Europe was doing everything in its power to avoid a Greek default and urged politicians in her own coalition to weigh their words carefully to avoid creating turmoil on financial markets.
She said Europe was doing everything in its power to avoid a Greek default and urged politicians in her own coalition to weigh their words carefully to avoid creating turmoil on financial markets.
Merkel said in radio interview that Europe was doing everything in its power to avoid a Greek default and urged politicians in her own coalition to weigh their words carefully to avoid creating turmoil on financial markets.
He said the Arab world must weigh their words and those in the West must be careful not to make more inflammatory gestures.
The diverse membership also prompted individuals on the task force to walk on eggshells and weigh their words carefully.