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bite one's tongue

Definition of bite one's tongue

informal

  1. to stop oneself from saying something one is tempted to say <I thought she was acting foolishly, but I bit my tongue and didn't say anything.> —often used as a command <“I hope he gets hurt.” “Bite your tongue! That's a terrible thing to say!”>



Variants of bite one's tongue

also

bite one's lip

Word by Word Definitions

biteplay
  1. :  to seize especially with teeth or jaws so as to enter, grip, or wound

    :  to wound, pierce, or sting especially with a fang or a proboscis

    :  to cut or pierce with or as if with an edged weapon

  1. :  the act of biting

    :  the manner of biting

    :  occlusion

tongueplay
  1. :  a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ

    :  a part of various invertebrate animals that is analogous to the tongue

    :  the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food

  1. :  scold

    :  to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue

    :  to cut a tongue on


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