on the tip of (one's) tongue

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on the tip of (one's) tongue

Almost able to be remembered, but not quite. Her name is on the tip of my tongue. Just give me a minute, I'll remember it. I had the answer on the tip of my tongue, but couldn't think of it in time.
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*on the tip of one's tongue

Fig. [of a thought or idea] about to be said or almost remembered. (*Typically: be ~; have something ~.) I have his name right on the tip of my tongue. I'll think of it in a second. John had the answer on the tip of his tongue, but Anne said it first.
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on the tip of one's tongue

Ready to utter something but unable to remember it at the moment, as in I met him last year and his name is on the tip of my tongue-it'll come to me in a minute . [Early 1700]
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on the tip of your tongue

1. If a remark or question is on the tip of your tongue, you want to say it, but stop yourself. `What do you make of it?' he said after a while. It was on the tip of my tongue to tell him he'd have to ask Charlie. But I said nothing.
2. If something such as a word, answer, or name is on the tip of your tongue, you know it and can almost remember it, but not quite. I know this, no, no, don't tell me, oh, it's on the tip of my tongue. What's the quickest way to remember a name that's on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't recall?
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on the tip of (one's) tongue

On the verge of being recalled or expressed.
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