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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And while the scribe hasn't lost his tongue for intelligent talk, the director works hard to impose the flat tones of courtroom discourse, while perversely stifling any hint of emotional expression.
A MAN who lost his tongue and vocal cords has been awarded pounds 300,000 in an out-of-court settlement with a GP over the diagnosis of his throat cancer.
A MARKET trader who lost his tongue has been awarded pounds 300,000 in an out-of-court settlement, with a Cardiff GP over the diagnosis of his throat cancer.
A 6-1 chance, Blazing The Trail, who lost his tongue strap on the way to the start, was beaten 16 lengths in seventh place.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said he had not suffered brain damage and, contrary to reports, had not lost his tongue in the accident.
Stephen Quinn, 55, from Splott, Cardiff, lost his tongue and vocal cords when he was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2004.
Early reports claimed Trevor, 29, had lost his tongue and would never talk again.
Dodi bodyguard Trevor, 29, lost his tongue and half his face in the accident as well as suffering punctured lungs.
A man who lost his tongue and vocal cords to cancer is raising money for a charity.
Reports that he would be left brain-damaged and had lost his tongue have been discounted.
Stephen, 51, who lost his tongue and vocal cords to cancer, began designing the limited edition time pieces after he was forced to give up work as a training manager.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones, 29, lost his tongue and half his face in the dreadful accident.
Stephen Quinn, 51, who lost his tongue and vocal cords to cancer, began designing watches after he could no longer work as a training manager.