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To give tongue


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To give tongue in hunter's phrase, to bark; -- said of dogs.
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  • Mark Twain
    “A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.”


In literature:

There was on all their faces an under meaning to which not one would give tongue.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He had to wife Thorhilda Skaldwife; she had a sharp tongue of her own, and was giving to jeering.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Her natural impulse had been to turn upon them and give them the tongue-lashing they deserved.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
Only perfect trust or perfect indifference can make one careless about giving such a chance to a known bitter tongue.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
He is going to give Pitman a tongue-lashing, and says he'll appear against him in court if he doesn't act different.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
Thomas Haydon was the last man in the world to set tongues wagging and to give anxiety to friends by such a trick.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
The bone itself gives attachment to the muscles of the tongue.
"Voice Production in Singing and Speaking" by Wesley Mills
For twenty years did Johnny Darbyshire thus give free scope to tongue and hand in his parish.
"Stories of Comedy" by Various
I give the hankycher a good tighten up, and that hot him, so that he had to howd his tongue.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
Having done this, he beckoned to the two who guarded the slaves, giving them some admonition in an unknown tongue.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
My tongue refuses to give her message.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
With my base tongue give to my noble heart A lie, that it must bear?
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
My tongue's like leather; give me something to drink.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Nor does it give one any exquisite delight to hear Sir Raucisonous Trombone give tongue in a French romance.
"Modern Women and What is Said of Them" by Anonymous
It is not the mind but the heart that, at such moments, gives to the tongue its noblest eloquence.
"A Handful of Stars" by Frank W. Boreham
His tongue attempted to form an assurance, but try as he might he could not give it voice.
"The Dominant Dollar" by Will Lillibridge
Cocardasse was the first to show intelligence and to give it tongue.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Thy wit explains and gives tongue to my thoughts.
"The Infidel, Vol. I." by Robert Montgomery Bird
Had to give that fool Townes a bit of the rough side of my tongue.
"Here and Hereafter" by Barry Pain
The men took advantage of their absence to drink harder and to give their tongues greater liberty.
"The Flower Girl of The Château d'Eau, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XV)" by Charles Paul de Kock

In poetry:

It speaks my own wild native tongue
And gives me courage to withstand,
As if a comrade came to me
And took my hand.
"Prairie Winds" by Helena Coleman
They plot and league in lying spite
God's truth with cunning to eclipse,
Our tongues, they say, shall give us might,
We own no master to our lips.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
The world, and all therein, he'd now give up
For one small sup, to cool his fev'rish tongue;
But he can not obtain a single sup,
Though he shou'd beg and pray for't, e'er so long.
"Advice To Distribute To The Poor, According To Every One's Circumstances And Abilities" by Rees Prichard
Robin is an artist; he beautifies the stream,
The vale, the hill, the meadow, until they truly seem
To glow, because his presence gives to each a tongue
To echo back the music his minstrel throat has sung.
"Amityville" by Jared Barhite
As a lady who would speak
What is written on her cheek,
If her heart would give her tongue the leave to tell;
Who fears and follows still,
And dares not trust her will,
So follows all his windings—the Moselle.
"The Rhine and The Moselle" by Edwin Arnold
As the dawn was breaking the Wolf-pack yelled
Once, twice, and again!
Feet in the jungle that leave no mark!
Eyes that can see in the dark — the dark!
Tongue — give tongue to it! Hark! O Hark!
Once, twice, and again!
"Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

The spring holiday, which celebrates the grain harvest and the giving of the Torah to Moses, is a time when 'honey and milk are under your tongue'.
On this sacred day, the breath of the Lord, coming as violent wind, flickering tongues of fire, native speech to the nations, is entirely life-giving.

In science:

At low forcing amplitude we found regions of mode locking where the system synchronizes on the individual components of the astronomical forcing in a way that is similar to frequency-locking on periodic forcing (Arnol’d tongues), giving rise to coexisting synchronized solutions.
Is the astronomical forcing a reliable and unique pacemaker for Climate?