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Hold your tongue

DEFINITION

Shut up. Refrain from commenting. ‘Tongue’ of course refers to speaking and one is being strongly advised to not continue a specific line of talk because it is revealing a secret or else is enraging someone within earshot. (Compare to Shut one’s trap, Put a sock in it or Zip it.)

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