lose (one's) tongue

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lose (one's) tongue

To suddenly become unable to speak, typically due to shock or confusion. Kathy was so surprised when she won the award that she lost her tongue and wasn't able to make an acceptance speech. If I had to speak in front of a crowd that big, I think I would lose my tongue.
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lose (one's) tongue

To lose the capacity to speak, as from shock.
See also: lose, tongue
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Months later he would learn he had Stage IV tongue cancer: at least he would lose his tongue and the ability to talk and taste, but would perhaps live a few more years.
The 41-year-old non-smoker from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, faces months of agonising chemotherapy on the tumour and if it fails he could lose his tongue, larynx and voice box.
FACT: The bodyguard did not lose his tongue in the smash and has undergone a successful operation to rebuild his face.
FACT: Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones did not lose his tongue and has undergone a successful 10-hour operation to rebuild his face.
He faces months of agonising chemotherapy and if that fails, he could lose his tongue, larynx and voice box.