`bite your tongue’

“When someone says something, and you respond by saying `bite your tongue’, what you mean is `take back what you said’.”

“Whenever someone says something that you don’t want said, you can say, `bite your tongue’. Here’s another example. You are accusing my brother of stealing your old car! Bite your tongue.”

The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, April 26, 2004

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