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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).
Translations of “hold your tongue”
in Chinese (Traditional) 別說話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 别说话…
(Definition of hold your tongue from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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