Bite Your Tongue

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To hold ones words or to have control over what one is willing to say, to being ashamed of something that has been said or trying not to say it

Etymology:

  • This idiom originated in the 18th century and it was used by country people. They often scolded their children to learn manners and to talk in a proper manner. If they would behave rude, they were ordered to bite their tongue. By doing this they felt pain and were not able to utter their words. So, this idiom became popular after this practice and many used this idiom for scolding, advising or stopping someone from speaking any further.
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Andrew was biting his tongue and did not tell the true story to his parents, as he was afraid of being scolded.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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