give tongue to


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v give tongue to articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise "She expressed her anger","He uttered a curse"
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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:

Why, I ketched him a-helping hisself to the money, and he give me three guineas to hold my tongue.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
As coarse food gives way to sugars and soft foods, stiff toothbrushes must supplement tongue and toothpicks.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
It gives support to the tongue, being attached to the muscles of the neck.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
Give me but one drop to cool my tongue!
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
Will you give me the right to stand there with you and defend you against the tongues of wicked men?
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
He was outrageously sassy, and I had to give him a lesson to keep a civil tongue in his head.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
She simply wants to hear her own tongue, and give no one else a chance.
"Leonore Stubbs" by L. B. Walford
But to give tongue was not enough.
"Dusty Star" by Olaf Baker
Eleanor returned to France, and continued to give her husband cause of complaint not only by her conduct but by her tongue.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
But the farmers of the world have sixty-one different ideas as to how a tongue ought to be made, and we must give them what they ask for.
"The Romance of the Reaper" by Herbert Newton Casson
I give you my word I have not drunk a drop more than I found necessary to untie my tongue.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
I essayed to speak, but my tongue refused to give utterance to what I wished to say.
"Tales of the Wonder Club" by M. Y. Halidom (pseud. Dryasdust)
The masses applauded wildly the "boy of Senora Angustias," giving tongue to tales of his valor.
"The Blood of the Arena" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
One could hardly give the children a better introduction to the riches of our mother tongue.
"Special Method in Primary Reading and Oral Work with Stories" by Charles Alexander McMurry
They had not been gone more than ten minutes when the dogs began to give tongue like mischief.
"Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper" by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
He is trained not to give tongue, he merely points and sets his head on one side, then the other.
"Canadian Wilds" by Martin Hunter
Others are much larger, and give to the tongue its roughness of feeling and appearance.
"A Treatise on Physiology and Hygiene" by Joseph Chrisman Hutchison
I have never known a thoroughbred hound fail to give tongue on trail.
"Hunting Dogs" by Oliver Hartley
I give Mis' Beaseley the credit; she knows how to hold her tongue.
"A Cry in the Wilderness" by Mary E. Waller
What a dig to give me with her sharp tongue.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn

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
Our tongues were made to bless the Lord,
And not speak ill of men:
When others give a railing word,
We must not rail again.
"Against Scoffing and Calling Names" by Isaac Watts
Propound a mystery, O my tongue, and give praise to God,
For He hath delivered me and exalted my horn.
Awake, my heart, and turn to the Almighty,
And in awe of His anger let my hand be lifted to Him.
"The Day Of Judgment" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
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?