bite your tongue | hold your tongue
This page is about the idiom bite your tongue | hold your tongue
If you bite your tongue, or hold your tongue, you force yourself not to say something you really want to say.
- I wanted to tell Carlos he was being stupid, but I bit my tongue and just sat there.
- You're going to have to learn to hold your tongue instead of saying whatever comes into your head.
These two idioms have the same meaning, though "hold your tongue" is more old-fashioned than "bite your tongue".
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Contributor: Matt Errey