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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Information gathered by R revealed that the two former loverbirds met at a public outing in Lagos recently and set tongues wagging and people asking if it was a sign of reconciliation between them.
Their chemistry on the dance floor set tongues wagging, but they remained tight-lipped about their relationship as they headed to the Manchester Radisson.
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A CONSERVATIVE cabinet minister set tongues wagging with his readiness to accept presents from people with whom he had official dealings, according to files seen for the first time.
But the amount of scalp showing at his centre parting set tongues wagging at an Australian Open party in Melbourne in January.
However, it was McKee who set tongues wagging when scoring a magnificent solo effort - collecting the ball in his own half, he beat five Heaton players before rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home.
Alan, 33, Tyrone Dobbs in the ITV soap, and former Corrie actress Lucy-Jo set tongues wagging earlier this week when they were spotted locking lips at a football match.
Then it was the film's trailer that set tongues wagging because of Ghada's co-star Abeer Sabry's scene, where she appears naked in a bath tub.
GEORGIA May Foote set tongues wagging when she appeared at the Strictly live tour launch with a ring on her engagement finger.
STEVE EVANS' controversial arrival at Leeds and the way he got the job after Uwe Rosler's sacking has set tongues wagging.
Mum-of-three Danielle first set tongues wagging when she revealed the fella to her 300,000 Instagram followers a couple of weeks back.
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.
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.
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.