hold your tongue

Hold your tongue
If you hold your tongue, you keep silent even though you want to speak.

The small dictionary of idiomes. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hold your tongue — hold (your) tongue old fashioned to stop talking. George had learned to accept these little insults. He held his tongue …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold your tongue — be polite, do not talk back    When your father is talking, you hold your tongue. You be quiet …   English idioms

  • hold your tongue — keep quiet about it, do not say anything …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hold your tongue — mainly literary 1) to say nothing, although you want to speak 2) old fashioned used for telling someone not to speak …   English dictionary

  • hold your tongue — …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold one's tongue — {v. phr.} To be silent; keep still; not talk. May be considered rude. * /The teacher told Fred to hold his tongue./ * /If people would hold their tongues from unkind speech, fewer people would be hurt/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold one's tongue — {v. phr.} To be silent; keep still; not talk. May be considered rude. * /The teacher told Fred to hold his tongue./ * /If people would hold their tongues from unkind speech, fewer people would be hurt/ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold — hold1 [hōld] vt. held, holding [ME holden < Anglian OE haldan (WS healdan), akin to Ger halten, Goth haldan, to tend sheep < IE base * kel , to drive, incite to action > Gr kelēs, swift horse, L celer, swift: prob. sense development:… …   English World dictionary

  • hold tongue — hold (your) tongue old fashioned to stop talking. George had learned to accept these little insults. He held his tongue …   New idioms dictionary

  • hold — hold1 W1S1 [həuld US hould] v past tense and past participle held [held] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(in your hand/arms)¦ 2¦(event)¦ 3¦(keep something in position)¦ 4¦(job/title)¦ 5¦(keep/store)¦ 6¦(keep something available for somebody)¦ 7¦(keep somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.