slip of the tongue

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slip of the lip

An unintentional mistake made while one is speaking, such as incorrect pronunciation, word choice, or meaning. Whoops, I meant to tell my mother that she was welcome to call over next month, but I accidentally said "next Monday" instead. Oh well, she'll understand that it was just a slip of the lip. Now take your time during the oral section of your final exams; you don't want a few slips of the lip to be the reason you get a lower grade!
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slip of the tongue

A small mistake made when speaking. I accidentally called John by his brother's name. It was just a slip of the tongue.
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slip of the tongue

an error in speaking in which a word is pronounced incorrectly, or in which the speaker says something unintentionally. I didn't mean to tell her that. It was a slip of the tongue. I failed to understand the instructions because the speaker made a slip of the tongue at an important point.
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a slip of the tongue

A slip of the tongue is something that you said by mistake. At one stage he referred to her as James's `fiancée' but later said that was a slip of the tongue and that they were not formally engaged.
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Kotaku then followed up on the apparent slip of the tongue, with a PDP rep stating "at this time we can't confirm Nintendo's dates and we don't know exactly what was heard, but we simply do not know that this point.
However, Minister for Labour and Manpower Khursheed Shah said that it might be a case of a slip of the tongue as "we respect all the communities living in Pakistan.
This is a 22-year-old paid vast sums of money effectively threatening to go on strike over a slip of the tongue - pathetic.
Or could it be just a slip of the tongue, the weather forecasts seem to be a typical example.
What Alun Cairns said about Italians was not a slip of the tongue.
Equally, when you've had enough to eat, Clarke recommends you tell your host that you've eaten enough ("j'ai assez mangA") rather than the text book approach of "je suis plein" (I am full) as a slight slip of the tongue changes the sentence to "I am a pregnant cow.
If this was a just a slip of the tongue, on the radio then one would hope she would clarify what she really meant.
Mr Latham said: "It was, we suggest, a slip of the tongue.
So said Matthew Wright (JohnLeslie: My Year Of Hell,Sky One,Sunday) The same Matthew Wright whose slip of the tongue led to the outing of Mr Leslie.
Every slip of the tongue between sips from a pint glass was punished by an instant "fine.
who held on to his seat as majority leader, is notable for having called openly gay representative Barney Frank "Barney Fag" and then insisting it was a slip of the tongue.
Cook did not want to comment on his gaffe, but he will be writing a letter to more than 70 branches of the supporters' club to ask them to accept it was an innocent slip of the tongue.
And much to everybody's amazement that slip of the tongue came true.
GORDON BROWN opened himself to merciless ridicule yesterday when a slip of the tongue led him to boast of "saving the world".