tongue-tied


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tongue-tied

1. mod. unable to speak from fear or confusion. (Standard English.) Why do you get tongue-tied in front of a crowd?
2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. He was tongue-tied and couldn’t stand up.
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In tongue-tied babies one of two actions occurs: either the tip of the nipple is compressed by a humping of the tongue on elevation in the mouth, or the base of the nipple is compressed on tongue elevation, (Geddes et al, 2008a).
After he had been diagnosed, I went to see my family and my mother said she had been tongue-tied as a baby as well and I never knew.
Indicative of how White supremacy works from within, two poems that serve as book ends for Part I of Tongue-Tied .
In the press release, Laser Dental Treatment Stops Kids From Tripping Over Words: How Eric Moved from Tongue-Tied to Confident Guy, issued Monday, June 21, by the Academy of Laser Dentistry over PR Newswire, we are advised by a representative of the organization that the Web site was listed incorrectly by PR Newswire in the editor's information at the bottom of the release.
A number of songs and images concern the art of conversation and its counterpart, silence, with portrayals of men and women as shy, tongue-tied with infatuation, or melancholically unhappy (79).
And why would Alfie, who started out as a fast-talking wide boy, get tongue-tied and tearful over Kat the dog?
In hindsight, if I had been told at birth that he was tongue-tied, I would have taken him to an ENT for an evaluation when his language development began to be affected.
Going through the meticulous rituals of rehearsal and performance, the physically articulate dancer is in sharp contrast to the tongue-tied interviewee.
Kirby adds that while she was a bit tongue-tied at first, wearing her T-shirt of Einstein with his tongue sticking out set the tone.
In place of the tongue-tied orator is a grieving parent who writes, in eloquent recollection of his long-lost daughter, Robin, "We need a girl.
And our fashion-forward Sweethearts help tongue-tied lovers get off on the right foot and communicate their amorous sentiments.
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These include tongue-tied parents explaining the facts of life, adolescent chat-up lines, weird hospital speak, learning a foreign language, and an extended selection of song lyrics that range from the lazy through surreal to the ridiculous.
The tongue-tied comedian meant to call her ma'am - but called her "jam" instead.
I was dumbstruck, tongue-tied, unable to say even "hello" to the great man.