set tongues wagging

set tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip or idle speculation. Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor committed a new faux pas to set tongues a-wagging across the country. Being such a media celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to set tongues wagging.
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set tongues (a)wagging

Fig. to cause people to start gossiping. The affair between the boss and her accountant set tongues a wagging. If you don't get the lawn mowed soon, you will set tongues wagging in the neighborhood.
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set tongues wagging

If something that you do or say sets tongues wagging, it makes people talk about you. The pop singer set tongues wagging by arriving with a mystery man. Note: You can also say that something starts tongues wagging or that tongues start wagging. Tongues started wagging when Claudia moved from her native Germany to Monaco earlier this year. Note: If people are talking about someone, you can say tongues are wagging. They spent an evening together at his Knightsbridge flat. He said they played cards but added: `No doubt tongues will be wagging.'
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set tongues wagging

be the cause of much gossip or rumour.
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set ˈtongues wagging

(informal) cause people to start talking about somebody’s private affairs: A careless remark about his family really set tongues wagging.
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Andrew, 32, set tongues wagging on Saturday night when he was spotted leaving a Sydney pub with a girl.
STEVE EVANS' controversial arrival at Leeds and the way he got the job after Uwe Rosler's sacking has set tongues wagging.
The message set tongues wagging among fans as the Cilla star wrote: "Beautiful day in London.
Mum-of-three Danielle first set tongues wagging when she revealed the fella to her 300,000 Instagram followers a couple of weeks back.
Dee, who is appearing on Celebrity Big Brother's Bit On The Side, set tongues wagging about a possible re-appearance when she tweeted: "It would be fun to pop back in though".
Manchester United's past and future were on show as debutant James Wilson scored twice in a 3-1 win over Hull City on Tuesday that marked the end of stalwart Nemanja Vidic's Old Trafford career and set tongues wagging about Ryan Giggs.
THIS beauty will be going all pout to set tongues wagging in Downton Abbey.
He recently set tongues wagging when he suggested he would prefer to spend more time in a warmer climate, leading many to wonder whether he may not want to spend another autumn working on the show.
While they have no immediate dates in the region they have certainly set tongues wagging in the capital.
London, April 21 ( ANI ): Kelly Brook, who has been engaged twice before, has set tongues wagging by wearing a sparkling engagement ring on her wedding finger while out on the town with boyfriend Danny Cipriani.
THEY set tongues wagging when they partnered up for naff reality show Dancing on Ice.
Her tweets set tongues wagging on the social networking site, with one fan asking: "Who are they from?
11 GEORGE NORTH (Wales) Scored one and set another up in a performance against Ireland that set tongues wagging all over Europe.
Lily Allen set tongues wagging after she turned up to rehearsals for the Brit Awards wearing a big ring on her left hand.
THE plea for help on the Northumbrian dialect from the people behind the Collins dictionaries will hopefully set tongues wagging.