cause (some) tongues to wag

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cause (some) tongues to wag

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 cause tongues to wag across the country. Being a celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to cause some tongues to wag.
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cause (some) tongues to wag

Fig. to cause people to gossip; to give people something to gossip about. The way John was looking at Mary will surely cause some tongues to wag. The way Mary was so scantily dressed will also cause tongues to wag.
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Wednesday's match was the first sight most Blues fans will have had of Holgate, although it's what Roberto Martinez said on announcing the 18-year-old centre-back's arrival that has truly caused tongues to wag.
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister was making a detailed presentation before the prime minister about the pending projects in her state but the duration of the interaction-- an hour and ten minutes-- caused tongues to wag.
It was actually Lisa who wrote the "I wanna kiss a girl" lyric for the single Take Me On The Floor that caused tongues to wag - so to speak - even more fervently.
With talk of his possible departure to Biarritz rife, his absence caused tongues to wag.
As can be expected, that caused tongues to wag all over Europe and America.
Her close relationship with Shooting Stars pal Vic Reeves caused tongues to wag when he split temporarily from his wife.
In the old days they travelled Europe in a reserved compartment of a wagon-lit, and once caused tongues to wag as they were delegated to escort diplomats' wives to new postings.