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Hold one's tongue

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hold one's tongue to keep silence
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. healdan; Old High Ger. haltan, Goth. haldan.

Usage

In literature:

The gift of holding one's tongue seems to have skipped me, but you have it in full force.
"The Rise of Silas Lapham" by William Dean Howells
The subterfuge of holding one's tongue never works in the end.
"As a Matter of Course" by Annie Payson Call
However, there's nothing like living with a bore to teach one the merits of holding one's tongue.
"Watersprings" by Arthur Christopher Benson
In times like these, one must hold one's tongue.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66" by John Lothrop Motley
If one could always hold one's tongue as to what one sees, one would be the better for it.
"Pepper & Salt" by Howard Pyle
It is a very good thing to be able to hold one's tongue!
"Stories to Tell Children" by Sara Cone Bryant
Hold one's tongue = silentigxi.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
Anyhow, it seemed quite impossible to hold one's tongue that afternoon.
"My Young Days" by Anonymous
The one stupid thing, in Swan's opinion, which he had not done was to let Lone go on holding his tongue.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
Where it is so simple if not so easy a thing to hold one's peace, why add to the general confusion of tongues?
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
When one has talked to one's self for a great many years it is hard to hold one's tongue in public.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
But then, at such a place as Littlebath, one would have to hold one's tongue altogether.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Something told him that when it came to holding one's tongue, Bela could beat him hollow.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The one stupid thing, in Swan's opinion, which he had not done was to let Lone go on holding his tongue.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
They were both aware that it is sometimes better to hold one's tongue.
"Sir Tom" by Mrs. Oliphant
But it seemed fatally easy to hold one's tongue.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
In the matter of rhyme no man can judge himself; I am at the world's end, have no one to consult, and my publisher holds his tongue.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Hold your tongue; no one's asking your advice: you know you've no say in the matter.
"The Betrothal" by Maurice Maeterlinck
Oh, there's plenty of mystery about it all; and, once more, it's better to hold one's tongue!
"The Secret of Sarek" by Maurice Leblanc
You're the only woman I can absolutely trust, the only one who can hold her tongue and do as she's told.
"The Transgression of Andrew Vane" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
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