loosen (one's) tongue

(redirected from loosened her tongue)

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.
See also: loosen, tongue

loosen somebody’s ˈtongue

make somebody talk more freely than usual: A bottle of wine had loosened Harry’s tongue.
See also: loosen, tongue

loosen (someone's) tongue

To cause (someone) to speak freely or carelessly or to divulge information.
See also: loosen, tongue
References in periodicals archive ?
The Element of Water by Stevie Davies 'SO you come from Poland?' She clapped her hands over her mouth: the sudden sight of sweets had loosened her tongue. An escaped slave then, one of tens of thousands carted east to Lubeck in goodswagons, to build U-boats and torpedos, munitions and ships.
Embarrassed Rula later told some of the other housemates that drink and going into the diary room had loosened her tongue.
Not that that's the sort of thing to do before going to your work, but Marshall seems mostly happy enough and it's loosened her tongue a bit.
My mother, when enough of the pale dry has loosened her tongue and sharpened her memory, tells the absolutely true story of her uncle Selwyn who fought gallantly, sometimes even against the enemy, in the service trenches and supply dumps of the back stretches of the Western Front during The Great War.
That meant that many of the cast and crew had no inkling of the actress's true roots - until the booze at the end of filming wrap party loosened her tongue.
"He is an intelligent, erudite man whose eyes show remorse and care and a lot of goodness." Embarrassed Rula later told some of the other housemates that drink and going into the dairy room had loosened her tongue.