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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She had been wearing dentures since twelve years of age and maintained that she had lost her tongue during childhood.
A DOG lost her tongue after sticking it in a shredder to lick biscuit crumbs that had fallen inside.
Mrs Whitfield, 88, wondered if life was worth carrying on with when she lost her tongue and vocal chords to cancer.
The five-year-old, who got the better of Special-K and Mustang by a head and a neck, remarkably lost her tongue in a mystery accident as a two-year-old.
CAPRICE lost her tongue yesterday after I got together with Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan to play a prank on her.
Unusually subdued, Geri, 25, appeared to have lost her tongue and only spoke when quizzed about the sacking of the band's former manager Simon Fuller last September.