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    bite one's tongue/realise the folly

    In the vernacular here, the set phrase is: he has bitten tongue; it means that he has realized his folly or slip of tongue. What is the correct idiom for this meaning?

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    Re: bite one's tongue/realise the folly

    If you "bite your tongue" it means you want to say something, but you know what you say will not make your listeners happy, so you don't say it.

    If you "put your foot in your mouth" you say something unfortunate by accident. For example, you talk about how much you dislike someone, only to find out that the person you're talking to is that disliked person's wife.

    So you may realize that you've "just put your foot in your mouth" for your meaning.

    If you give a full example, we may come up with something better.

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    Re: bite one's tongue/realise the folly

    1.I criticized my boss not knowing that I did, but, within no time, I realized the bloomer I made.

    2.I promised that I would give money to John who in fact did not repay when he took it the last time, which I a did not remember at that instant. Within no time, I realized what mistake I made by promising to give him money.

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    Re: bite one's tongue/realise the folly

    The first one (a blooper, not a bloomer) is an example of putting your foot in your mouth.

    The second one isn't really an error. You have simply changed your mind about loaning him money when you remembered he still owed you from the last time.

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