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the soft part inside your mouth that you can move about and use for eating and speaking
Joe ran his tongue over his dry lips.
The taste of the chocolate was still on her tongue.
The girl scowled at me, then
click your tongue
to make a sharp noise with your tongue to show that you are annoyed or disappointed
She clicked her tongue and shook her head.
if you have a sharp tongue, you often talk in a way that shows you are angry
Gina's sharp tongue will get her into trouble one day.
if you have a silver tongue, you can talk in a way that makes people like you or persuades them that you are right
able to talk in a very angry or pleasant way
a sharp-tongued young teacher
with (your) tongue in (your) cheek
if you say something with your tongue in your cheek, you say it as a joke, not seriously
slip of the tongue
a small mistake in something you say
Did I say $100? It must have been a slip of the tongue.
bite your tongue
to stop yourself saying something because you know it would not be sensible to say it
I wanted to argue, but I had to bite my tongue.
Cat got your tongue?
Lost your tongue?
used to ask someone why they are not talking
get your tongue around something
to be able to say a difficult word or phrase
I couldn't get my tongue around the names of the villages we'd visited.
trip/roll off the tongue
if a name or phrase trips or rolls off your tongue, it is easy or pleasant to say
Their names trip off the tongue very easily.
loosen somebody's tongue
if something such as alcohol loosens your tongue, it makes you talk a lot
The wine had certainly loosened her tongue.
find your tongue
to say something after you have been silent for a time because you were afraid or shy
Polly found her tongue at last and told them about the attack.
set tongues wagging
to do something that people will talk about in an unkind way
Angela's divorce will certainly set tongues wagging.
keep a civil tongue in your head
used to tell someone that they should talk politely to people
speak with forked tongue
to say things that are not true - used humorously
speak in tongues
to talk using strange words as part of a religious experience
Anton lapsed into his own tongue when he was excited.
the language you learn as a child
She felt more comfortable talking in her native tongue.
the tongue of a cow or sheep, cooked and eaten cold
something that has a long thin shape
Huge tongues of fire were licking the side of the building.
the part of a shoe that lies on top of your foot, under the part where you tie it
➔ on the tip of your tongue
; ➔ hold your tongue
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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