If you’re opinionated when it comes to defending yourself or your friends, it’s hard not to speak up when someone else is on the offensive, but believe it or not, certain situations arise where keeping silent is your best option. Sometimes your words can hurt your reputation or, worse, hurt your loved ones' feelings. If you find it hard to hold your tongue, here’s a quick guide from FN to help you out. Scroll through the gallery below for five situations when it’s better to say nothing, and find out how to deal should you find yourself facing prickly scenarios.

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(All photos from Mean Girls courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

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