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    Can't think of the word...

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by loss4words, Dec 30, 2015.

    I have been trying to think of a word to complete a sentence in my story and I absolutely cannot think of it.

    ----When you're arguing with someone, then you open your mouth to speak but instead you close it, clenching your jaw.----

    A writer friend told me "grimace" but the word I am looking for is a little less pained and a little more pissed.

    Thanks in advance for your help!!!
     
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    Brux? Gnash?
     
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    Not the word I was initially looking for but one of those will work! Thank you!
     
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    I think the cliche would be "bit back an angry retort" or something along those lines...
     
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    tensed? like, My jaw tensed with the effort of holding back my irritation?
     
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    Yep. I don't think there's a single word to describe this action and the reason for it. You have to draw it the way Bayview did above.
     
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    Pursed lips?
     

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