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start tongues (a-)wagging

To be a source of gossip, slander, or idle speculation. Just when the dust of his previous scandal had begun to settle, the governor did something new to start tongues a-wagging across the country. Being such a media celebrity means that anything one does, no matter how banal, is enough to start tongues wagging.
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And yesterday, in a gesture set to start tongues wagging, Prince William accepted a babygro from a wellwisher during a walkabout and declared: "I'll keep that.
None of which makes her a lesbian, but all of which will start tongues wagging that she is, as was the case in Bend It Like Beckham.
This disclosure will no doubt start tongues wagging.
The country doctor is certain to start tongues wagging in sleepy Tannochbrae when he decides to go skinny dipping - and there's a flash of Finlay's naked bum on the screen