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Expressions in English with ‘Tongue’

English has many expressions. We should know the meaning when natives us them.
I will use expressions with 'tongue' while telling a short story.

Here you go:

Sam is sitting on the bench next to the house door when Helen, his wife, comes home.

Helen: "Hello Sam, what are you doing here, outside of the house?"

Sam doesn't answer.

Helen: "Hey, did the cat get your tongue?"

Sam still doesn't react.

Helen: " Don't you understand me? I thought English is your mother tongue, or do I speak in tongues?"

Sam is still silent just looking at his feet.
Then, suddenly, he says: "Please bite your tongue for a short moment. I am so angry at my boss. For a small slip of my tongue, while speaking in a meeting, he made me ridiculous in front of all my colleagues."

Helen looks surprised at Sam. "Your boss knows you as an excellent speaker. You have a silver tongue. I think he was joking a bit. By the way, what was the slip of your tongue?"

Sam sighs, takes his head between his hands, looks at Helen and says: "If you believe or not, it is on the tip of my tongue, but I can't tell you."

Sam shakes his head. "I cannot remember the exact wording of my flaw."

Helen starts laughing. "I hope you were able to bite your tongue in the meeting and you did not insult your boss. You could get fired."

Sam tries to smile. "I could restain my temper so as not to explode. So do not worry my dear."

Helen takes Sam's hand and kisses him gently on his forehead. "Come inside, darling. I will cook a delicious meal for you. And isn't your tongue hanging out for a cool beer?"

And here are the explanations of the expressions:

If someone asks you if a cat has got your tongue, they want to know why you don't talk.

The mother tongue is our native language.

If someone speaks in tongues, then they mysteriously speak another language.

Someone, who has a silver (also a smooth) tongue, is able to speak very well.

A slip of the tongue is a small mistake in speaking.

If there is something on the tip of my tongue, we know the word but we can't remember.

If the tongue is hanging out for something, then we really want some thing.  

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Comment by Onee-chan on February 9, 2019 at 10:02

Hi Rose,

I take my hats off! Thank you for writing.

I like the last expression. Good day! :)

Comment by Rose Iris on February 8, 2019 at 16:20

I found it, Marek...haha...but I am sure I never will use it. Just because I don't like it...lol.

Comment by Rose Iris on February 8, 2019 at 16:14

Marek, I've never heard about those expressions. Even when someone says so, are the expressions common in the English language? It would be interesting to know it.

Comment by Marek on February 8, 2019 at 15:06
Have you ever heard of as easy as duck soup. I came across this idiom during my conversation with one of the members of the EC . Of course everyone knows 'as easy as abc' or 'as easy as a pie' but who heard of as easy as duck soup..?!
Comment by Rose Iris on February 8, 2019 at 9:12

Thanks for your comment, Laboni.

Have a beautiful day.

Comment by Rose Iris on February 8, 2019 at 9:11

Haha, Marek. The same here. Nobody knows why in Germany, also called as  'the country of the poets and thinkers', people say:" someone boozes like a hole" when we speak about a person who drinks too much alcohol.

Comment by Laboni on February 8, 2019 at 5:38

very nice conversation with uses your nice idoms & pharase.. Liked it dear Mam Rose... 

Comment by Marek on February 8, 2019 at 3:37
Drink like a fish means that a person we are talking about loves to drink, but not water dear Rose!.. I was thinking about something stronger ( an alcohol )
No idea why in my beautiful language we say drink like a shoemaker ( pije jak szewc)
I recommend you find some pictures with this expression ..
https://twitter.com/idiomland/status/764110238882693120 look at this
Take care of yourself Dear Rose
Comment by Rose Iris on February 7, 2019 at 19:02

Hi, Marek. Do not be so fussy or picky...OK...OK...it is an expression, you also can say it is an idiom...a saying ...what ever.

Hahaha...drinking like a fish! Saying so seems weird at all.
We also do not say so.
I would say I am thirsty like a horse.

Comment by Marek on February 7, 2019 at 18:18
Ha ha.. just because I'm stubborn like a mule.. I first talk later think..About mother tongue in Polish we use father in this expression..język ojczysty.
By the way proverb or expression??
Not my circus not my monkeys it's a Polish proverb that everybody knows.
Drinking like a fish is an expression non of Poles would ever use ( I mean in our language we do not use this expression..)

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