awagging

get tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip or idle speculation among a group of people. A few people in the office saw the boss get into a car with some lady who was definitely not his wife. That's sure to get tongues wagging! Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor did something new to get tongues a-wagging again across the country.
See also: get, tongue

set tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip or idle speculation. Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor committed a new faux pas to set tongues a-wagging across the country. Being such a media celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to set tongues wagging.
See also: set, tongue

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.
See also: start, tongue
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