1. a tongue-lashing 斥责、训斥
When I was ten years old, mother caught me
smoking a cigarette in the backyard. She gave me such a tongue-lashing that I've
never touched another cigarette all my life.
2. on the tip of your tongue
Her name is right on the tip of my tongue -
Helen something or other, what is her last name!
3. bite one's tongue 忍住不说
I really wanted to tell her what I thought of
him but I had to bite my tongue.
4. find one's tongue 开口说话
She wanted to say something but couldn't find
5. cause tongues to wag
The way Mary was so scantily dressed will
also cause tongues to wag.
6. loosen one's tongue
The vodka really loosened her tongue and I
found out exactly what happened that night.
7. sharp tongue 说话尖利、刻薄
He has quite a sharp tongue. Don't be totally
unnerved by what he says or the way he says it.
8. silver-tongued 雄辩的，很会说话的
He was a silver-tongued orator.
9. forked tongue 骗人的假话;谎言
Don't trust the guy. He usually speaks with a
forked tongue. He'll promise you to do one thing but more often than not he'll
turn around and do exactly the opposite.