Definition of keep a civil tongue in one's head in English:

keep a civil tongue in one's head

phrase

  • Speak politely.

    • ‘When he's ready to keep a civil tongue in his head and email me an apology, he's welcome back.’
    • ‘Second, you are to keep a civil tongue in your head especially when addressing your peers.’
    • ‘And you'll keep a civil tongue in your head until we're all through with each other.’
    • ‘You keep a civil tongue in your head young man!’
    • ‘Please sir, keep a civil tongue in your head and behave like a gentleman.’
    • ‘I know you're eager to prove John's worth but do try to keep a civil tongue in your head.’
    • ‘I hardly know what to say, given this new and unfamiliar policy of keeping a civil tongue in my head.’
    • ‘You'll keep a civil tongue in your head if you know what's good for you, boy.’
    • ‘I don't care if the other countries do it - you're not living in another country, you're living in this one, and as long as you do I'll expect you to keep a civil tongue in your head.’