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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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She plays newcomer Pamela who starts tongues wagging when she sets her sights on Frank, a man old enough to be her father.
Meanwhile, Sanjay's deal with Michael starts tongues wagging.
She quickly starts tongues wagging by dumping her toy boy for the show's resident dirty old man played by Ken Farrington, best- remembered as Corrie's Billy Walker.