Loosen their tongue - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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loosen (one's) tongue
To cause one to speak uninhibitedly. Often refers to the effect of alcohol. A few drinks will loosen her tongue, and then I'm sure she'll tell me the secret without me even having to ask. I've never met a reporter like Courtney. She can loosen the tongue of even the cagiest politician.
loosen somebody’s ˈtongue make somebody talk more freely than usual: A bottle of wine had loosened Harry’s tongue.
loosen (someone's) tongue
To cause (someone) to speak freely or carelessly or to divulge information.
References in periodicals archive
While the horses are running, Pearl (Gwen Evans), Jan (Sheila Knapman), Shelley (Celia Taylor) and Linda (Hannah Sweetman) let the champagne loosen their tongues
and a few surprising home truths come to light.
Yet while rugby players have perfected the art of talking themselves down and their opponents up, the reality is that Keogh and his colleagues can soon loosen their tongues
a little and talk more positively about their own performances.
Unless, of course, you offer to loosen their tongues
by adding a few extra quid to their bank balance or by throwing a sponsor's name into the article.
Tuqiri's score only served to loosen their tongues
But guests are taken to a bar at the studios where they are encouraged to have a couple of drinks to loosen their tongues
for the show.