on the tip of tongue


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*on the tip of one's tongue

Fig. [of a thought or idea] about to be said or almost remembered. (*Typically: be ~; have something ~.) I have his name right on the tip of my tongue. I'll think of it in a second. John had the answer on the tip of his tongue, but Anne said it first.
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on the tip of your tongue

about to be said Her name is right on the tip of my tongue - Helen something or other, what is her last name!
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on the tip of (one's) tongue

On the verge of being recalled or expressed.
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