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1tongue/ˈtʌŋ/noun
pluraltongues
1tongue
/ˈtʌŋ/
noun
pluraltongues
Learner's definition of TONGUE  
[count]  : the soft, movable part in the mouth that is used for tasting and eating food and in human beings for speaking
— see picture at mouth
   b  [count, noncount]  : the tongue of an animal (such as an ox or sheep) that is eaten as food
[count]  : language
— see also mother tongue
[count]  : a particular way or quality of speaking
— see also tongued
[count]  : something that is shaped like a tongue — + of
[count]  : a long flap that is under the laces or buckles of a shoe
— see picture at shoe
[count]  : a long, raised part at the end of a board that extends out and fits into a long cut (called a groove) in another board
— see also tongue-and-groove

a slip of the tongue

— see 2slip

bite your tongue

— see 1bite

Cat got your tongue?

— see cat

get your tongue around

informal 
◊ If you cannot get your tongue around a word or phrase, you have difficulty saying it.

hold your tongue

— see 1hold

loosen someone's tongue

— see loosen

on the tip of your tongue

— see 3tip

roll/trip off the tongue

: to be easy to say or pronounce

speak in tongues

◊ Someone who is speaking in tongues is saying strange words that no one can understand, especially as part of a religious experience.

speak/talk with (a) forked tongue

— see forked

tongues (are) wagging

◊ If something sets/gets tongues wagging or if tongues are wagging, people are talking a lot about something.

with (your) tongue in (your) cheek

2tongue/ˈtʌŋ/verb
tonguestonguedtonguing
2tongue
/ˈtʌŋ/
verb
tonguestonguedtonguing
Learner's definition of TONGUE  
: to produce separate notes when you are blowing air through a musical instrument (such as a trumpet) by using your tongue to briefly stop the flow of air
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]  : to touch or lick something with your tongue
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