- a labium.
- the outer or the inner margin of the aperture of a gastropod's shell.
verb (used with object), lipped, lip·ping.
verb (used without object), lipped, lip·ping.
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Idioms for lip
- to face misfortune bravely and resolutely: Throughout the crisis they kept a stiff upper lip.
- to suppress the display of any emotion.
Origin of lip
OTHER WORDS FROM liplip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for bite one's tongue
- either of the two fleshy folds surrounding the mouth, playing an important role in the production of speech sounds, retaining food in the mouth, etcRelated adjective: labial
- (as modifier)lip salve
- to stifle one's feelings
- to be annoyed or irritated
verb lips, lipping or lipped
Derived forms of liplipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective
Word Origin for lip
Medical definitions for bite one's tongue
Idioms and Phrases with bite one's tongue (1 of 2)
Refrain from speaking out, as in A new grandmother must learn to bite her tongue so as not to give unwanted advice, or I'm sure it'll rain during graduation.—Bite your tongue! This term alludes to holding the tongue between the teeth in an effort not to say something one might regret. Shakespeare used it in 2 Henry VI (1:1): “So York must sit and fret and bite his tongue.” Today it is sometimes used as a humorous imperative, as in the second example, with the implication that speaking might bring bad luck. [Late 1500s] Also see hold one's tongue.
Idioms and Phrases with bite one's tongue (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with lip
- lips are sealed, one's
- lip service
- button up (one's lip)
- keep a stiff upper lip
- lick one's chops (lips)
- pass one's lips