loosen (one's) tongue

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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.
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loosen somebody’s ˈtongue

make somebody talk more freely than usual: A bottle of wine had loosened Harry’s tongue.
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loosen (someone's) tongue

To cause (someone) to speak freely or carelessly or to divulge information.
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Understanding the mythology means we all dread what might have been had the poor man obliged and loosened his tongue with a few barbs directed at Babili Mansa and his government.
And as it loosened his tongue, nothing and no one was immune from his boozed-up ranting, so it'll be interesting to see what makes it into the final cut of the show.
Archie found one, and as the fire warmed his toes and the liquor loosened his tongue, he turned to his boss with a grin.
The wine loosened his tongue, and he told Jo that all her sermons about crime not paying were non sense.
The taste of burnt sugar had loosened his tongue unexpectedly.
He confronted Sulayman's uncle, who swore by divorce that he had no knowledge of any hidden treasure; only threats of torture loosened his tongue.