start tongues (a-)wagging

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start tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip, slander, or idle speculation. Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor did something new to start tongues a-wagging across the country. Being such a media celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to start tongues wagging.
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Ross and Elizabeth start tongues a-wagging when they - gasp - dance together at a ball.
Poldark BBC1, 9pm Ross and Elizabeth start tongues a-wagging when they - gasp - dance together at a ball.