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  • Any reasoning thou hast to come down with, us will hearken, as we goes along; if so be that thou keepest to a civil tongue.

    Cripps, the Carrier R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore
  • "I told you at the first you were to keep a civil tongue in your head," he said.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot Mrs. Molesworth
  • You keep a civil tongue in your head, young man,” growled out one of the party in English, “unless you want to feed the crows!

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • But you haven't learned to keep a civil tongue in your head?

  • But as you know how to keep a civil tongue in your head, I will show you that I can appreciate courtesy.

  • You haven't seen the end of it either, if you don't keep a civil tongue in your head.

    In School and Out Oliver Optic
  • We would never have done it if he would have kept a civil tongue.

    More Bywords Charlotte M. Yonge
  • You tell her to keep a civil tongue in her head, and all will go well.

    Love at Paddington W. Pett Ridge
  • Keep a civil tongue in your head, or 'twill surely be bad for you!

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • I advise you to keep a civil tongue and consider your position, or I'll make a beggar of you.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy

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