Meaning of “hold your tongue” in the English Dictionary

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"hold your tongue" in British English

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hold your tongue

to not speak:

Hold your tongue, young man!
I'm going to have to learn to hold my tongue (= to not say things that upset people).

(Definition of “hold your tongue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hold your tongue" in American English

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hold your tongue

to stop yourself from speaking:

I wanted to scream, "You’re an idiot!" but I held my tongue.

(Definition of “hold your tongue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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