|bite your tongue||If you bite your tongue, you stop yourself from saying what you really think.|
Sam decided to bite his tongue rather than get into an argument.
|get your tongue round|
|If you are able to pronounce a difficult word or phrase, you can get your tongue round it.|
She’s from the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. Try getting your tongue round that!
|give rough edge oftongue||If you give the (rough) edge of your tongue, you scold someone severely or speak to them very aggressively or rudely.|
My boss was so angry that I really got the rough edge of his tongue.
|hold your tongue||If you hold your tongue, you stay silent and say nothing.|
The party was supposed to be a surprise, but unfortunately the little boy couldn’t hold his tongue.
|keep a civil tongue||People who keep a civil tongue express themselves in polite terms.|
Don’t speak ro rudely! You must learn to keep a civil tongue in all circumstances.
|slip of the tongue||A slip of the tongue is a small spoken error or mistake.|
Did I say ‘blow down’? – Sorry, I meant ‘slow down’ – that was a slip of the tongue!
|on the tip of your tongue||To say that a word or answer is on the tip of your tongue, means that you’re sure you know it but have difficulty findiing it.|
What’s that actor’s name? I know it … it’s on the tip of my tongue!
|tongue in cheek||If you desribe a remark as ‘tongue in cheek‘ you mean that it is not meant to be taken seriously; it is meant to be funny or ironic.|
Peter’s remark was taken more seriously than intended. It was supposed to be tongue in cheek.
|tongue-lashing||When you scold someone severely, you give them a tongue-lashing.|
The teacher gave Jeremy a tongue-lashing when arrived late for school.
|tongue-tied||If you are tongue-tied, you have difficulty in expressing yourself because you are nervous or embarrassed.|
At the start of the interview I was completely tongue-tied!
|tongues are wagging||When tongues are wagging, people are beginning to spread gossip or rumours, often about someone’s private life.|
The photograph of the couple that appeared in a magazine really set tongues wagging.