lose (one's) tongue

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lose (one's) tongue

To suddenly become unable to speak, typically due to shock or confusion. Kathy was so surprised when she won the award that she lost her tongue and wasn't able to make an acceptance speech. If I had to speak in front of a crowd that big, I think I would lose my tongue.
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lose (one's) tongue

To lose the capacity to speak, as from shock.
See also: lose, tongue
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The traditional treatment for patients who lose their tongues is for surgeons to graft a portion of their small intestines on the tongue stump.
TITUS Andronicus is Shakespeare in his Quentin Tarantino phase - a gore-fest where characters lose their tongues, hands and heads and evil triumphs over evil.