slip of the tongue

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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. The news anchor's innocent slip of the tongue has gone viral, of course.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

a slip of the ˈtongue/ˈpen

a small mistake when speaking or writing: Did I say North Street? Sorry, that was a slip of the tongue — I meant South Street.
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