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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" Her touchy-feely ways are mistaken as a come-on by Huw, as a beer loosens his tongue and he recalls his childhood in the farmhouse he has now sold.
He invites him to dinner and loosens his tongue by plying him with rare vintage wine, which he procures from Wrather.