To smite with the tongue

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To smite with the tongue to reproach or upbraid; to revile.
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Usage

In literature:

Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.
"The King James Bible"
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In poetry:

All the dread Scripture lives for thee again,
To smite like lightning on the hands profane
Lifted to bless the slave-whip and the chain.
Once more the old Hebrew tongue
Bends with the shafts of God a bow new-strung!
"To George B. Cheever" by John Greenleaf Whittier