This phrase is often said after someone said something they shouldn't have said as a way of conveying regret for having said it.
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He couldn't put the words back into his mouth fast enough once he realized the author (whose book he just criticized) was standing right behind him.

Submitted by TriplePurple on January 10, 2024

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