What does the phrase "bite my tongue" mean?

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asked Apr 29 in Words & Wordplay by doodleordie (1,780 points)
What does the phrase "bite my tongue" mean?

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answered May 22 by Babbacock (6,220 points)
The phrase "bite your tongue" means to stop yourself from saying something that you would really like to say but shouldn't.

For example I wanted to tell her what exactly I thought of her but I had to bite my tongue instead.

You should bite your tongue when you should not say a particular thing, even though you want to, because it would be the wrong thing to say at the time, or because you are waiting for a better time to speak.

I wanted to tell him how much I would miss him, but I bit my tongue.

Not to literally bite your tongue as that would hurt but you should not say something that you really want too as it may make things worse.

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