give tongue


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give tongue

To bark or cry out, as of a dog in pursuit. Once the dog gave tongue, we knew we had found the evidence we'd been looking for.
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Kim felt these things, though he could not give tongue to his feelings, and so contented himself with buying peeled sugar-cane and spitting the pith generously about his path.
He will come up the river and will give tongue about the beatings.
By gum, master Gingnutt, such bold ideas as you give tongue to do make my own pamphlets seem like so much chopped offal," exclaimed Tom Paine, who also happened to be on board.
Only when the question of the Muslim veil-wearers cropped up did Dr Rowan Williams give tongue to his belief - quite rightly, as it happens - that there should be no problem with the faithful proclaiming their religious allegiance.
Coplans, who is notoriously subject to distraction, since almost anything will catch his full attention, has in a few of these writings (the prose is smooth, the thoughts jagged) performed what some see as the critic's first task: to give tongue to the wordless, beginning the socialization of new art through language.
the most disgusting language she could give tongue to and tearing up her clothing and throwing it out through the trap of her door which she had smashed out, and calling out |"~come on and put your Bloody handcuffs on now|"~.