keep a civil tongue

Definition of keep a civil tongue

  1. :  to speak politely Although she was angry, she kept a civil tongue.

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

civilplay
  1. :  of or relating to citizens

    :  of or relating to the state or its citizenry

    :  civilized

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. :  to articulate (notes) by tonguing

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

    :  to cut a tongue on


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