barbed tongue(redirected from a barbed tongue)
A tendency to speak in a malicious or highly critical manner. Be prepared for your annual review—the boss tends to have a barbed tongue when going over your shortcomings. The mean old lady who lived on the corner made a reputation among us kids with her barbed tongue.
See also: tongue
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