find (one's) tongue

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find (one's) tongue

To regain the ability to speak, especially after feeling frightened, nervous, or at a loss for words. It took him a minute, but Pete found his tongue again after we startled him at his surprise party. The little boy, who had been huddled nervously at the back, found his tongue and told the detectives what happened.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

find one's tongue

Fig. to be able to talk; to figure out what to say. Tom was speechless for a moment. Then he found his tongue. Ann was unable to find her tongue. She sat there in silence.
See also: find, tongue
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

find your tongue

If you find your tongue, you begin to talk, when you have been too shy, frightened, shocked or embarrassed to say anything before. All four men stared at him. It was Livingstone who found his tongue first.
See also: find, tongue
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

find your ˈvoice/ˈtongue

(informal) finally be able to speak after being too nervous or shy to do so: He sat silent through the first half of the meeting before he found his tongue.
See also: find, tongue, voice
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Miss Temple, when I first heard of your horrid situation, my feelings were too powerful for utterance; and I did not properly find my tongue, until the walk to Mr.
" You have to understand that when I was a full- time actor and on the asking end of the spectrum, these are the very same achievers -- actors, musicians, politicians, sportspeople, writers, gurus and directors I really wanted to talk to but would never find my tongue in front of," says Koel.
It had taken me no time to place my food order--"pizza half-cheese (for the kids), half-anchovies (for me)." I can't seem to find my tongue. I'm flustered by the ramifications of my choice.
The following morning I woke to find my tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth and my head pounding.