Hold your tongue

Idiom

Hold your tongue

Definition

This idiom is used to tell someone to stop talking or to keep quiet about something.

Examples

I could tell he was really angry, but I knew it was best to hold my tongue.

If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you’d better hold your tongue.

Origin

This expression dates back to the 1500s and was first recorded in John Calvin’s commentary on Proverbs 17:27 in the Bible.

Faqs

What does it mean to hold your tongue?

What is the origin of the phrase ‘Hold your tongue’?