καταπίνω τη γλώσσα μου → swallow one's tongue

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eltheza

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Does it have the meaning of 'retract a statement'?

Take it (all) back
Ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα (Σωκράτης)



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I'm afraid not Liz (is that how they call you?). Καταπίνω τη γλώσσα μου is actually when you are speechless or when you have nothing to say literally or as in admitting your guilt or as in trying not to give information.

κατάπιε τη γλώσσα του, έμεινε άναυδος ή απλώς δε θέλει να μιλήσει.
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Thanks very much, Crystal :-)!

I've heard the expression but couldn't remember the precise meaning.
Ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα (Σωκράτης)



 

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