find your tongue

find (one's) tongue

To regain the ability to speak, especially after feeling frightened or nervous, or not knowing what to say. It took him a minute, but Pete found his tongue again after we startled him at his surprise party. The little boy, who had been huddled nervously at the back, found his tongue and told the detectives what happened.
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find your tongue

If you find your tongue, you begin to talk, when you have been too shy, frightened, shocked or embarrassed to say anything before. All four men stared at him. It was Livingstone who found his tongue first.
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find your ˈvoice/ˈtongue

(informal) finally be able to speak after being too nervous or shy to do so: He sat silent through the first half of the meeting before he found his tongue.
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But you are not always good: Most of the time you do not understand what you read, you say things in inarticulate ways and find your tongue coiling to the roof of your mouth as you try to explain in English how the colonial powers decimated your culture or shattered your identity or demonized your gods, or left irreparable damage-the present as its inevitable consequence: a country where labor and human life are cheap.