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    Default Bite your tongue

    http://www.goenglish.com/BiteYourTongue.asp

    According to the link and other reference I read, I think this idiom is somewhat a negative response to ask somebody to shut their mouth. And the words coming from their mouth could be unpleasant to the listener's ear.

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    If someone flatters me a lot, can I say, "Bite your tongue! I'm flattered."
    If someone swears a lot, can I say, "Bite your tongue! Watch your mouth, lady."

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    Default Re: Bite your tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    http://www.goenglish.com/BiteYourTongue.asp

    According to the link and other reference I read, I think this idiom is somewhat a negative response to ask somebody to shut their mouth. And the words coming from their mouth could be unpleasant to the listener's ear.

    So,

    If someone flatters me a lot, can I say, "Bite your tongue! I'm flattered."
    If someone swears a lot, can I say, "Bite your tongue! Watch your mouth, lady."
    As far as I know "bite your tongue" is never associated with something pleasant. So - no flattery!
    You can use it to express anticipation of something rather unpleasant - "Uncle Henry might come visiting." - "Bite your tongue." Do not tempt fate.

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    It is negative to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It is negative to me.
    Unless you are into piercing Considering the amount of phone conferences I suffer through - biting my tongue - I am eligible for zipper art

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    Alex: Is Monica going to visit you again?!

    Jane: Bite your tongue!


    *GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG*

    Thanks, my dearest Meow! And tdol!

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    Default Re: Bite your tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Alex: Is Monica going to visit you again?!

    Jane: Bite your tongue!


    *GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG*

    Thanks, my dearest Meow! And tdol!
    Good example! I would say the expression is usually used humorously (as in the example).


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    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA....Thanks.

    What about,

    "Bite your tongue at the drop of a hat?"




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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA....Thanks.

    What about,

    "Bite your tongue at the drop of a hat?"




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    Be careful about biting your tongue too hard. It might hurt.


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    Default Re: Bite your tongue

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Good example! I would say the expression is usually used humorously (as in the example).

    You obviously never had the pleasure of meeting my in-laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Be careful about biting your tongue too hard. It might hurt.

    Never!

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