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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How the mermaid lost her tongue when she turned against her home in the water, but how, in the end, what she needed was to go back home, beneath the water, find her voice again.
She had been wearing dentures since twelve years of age and maintained that she had lost her tongue during childhood.
A DOG lost her tongue after sticking it in a shredder to lick biscuit crumbs that had fallen inside.
Mrs Whitfield, 88, wondered if life was worth carrying on with when she lost her tongue and vocal chords to cancer.
The five-year-old, who got the better of Special-K and Mustang by a head and a neck, remarkably lost her tongue in a mystery accident as a two-year-old.
CAPRICE lost her tongue yesterday after I got together with Big Breakfast host Johnny Vaughan to play a prank on her.