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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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BUT HE DIDN'T HELP HIMSELF Monk had good reason to keep Jonjo Shelvey out of the starting XI but seeing the England international out of the matchday 18 on his return from suspension was bizarre and, without due explanation, only started tongues wagging.
Brunette Lucia, who was in Zurich, started tongues wagging after posting a selfie on Twitter of her and Ronaldo holding his Ballon d'Or on the plane to Madrid.
Khloe Kardashian inadvertently started tongues wagging when she casually told (http://www.
The binmen collected 14 empty bottles of claret from her house, which really started tongues wagging.
The 41-year-old's arrival at St James' Park this week as the club's executive director started tongues wagging as some commentators suggested the former Leeds manager would eventually come to represent a vulture circling over his one-time England manager.
They started tongues wagging when they were snapped kissing with Hugh holding Jeanne by the waist.
The 41-year-old's arrival at St James' Park this week as the club's executive director (football) started tongues wagging as some commentators suggested Wise would eventually come to represent a vulture circling over his one-time England boss.