stick (one's) tongue out

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stick (one's) tongue out

1. To protrude one's tongue out of one's mouth. Often done in a childishly mocking, contemptuous, or defiant manner. I stuck my tongue out to catch the snowflakes falling from the sky. She just stuck her tongue out when I told her to go do the dishes. The children kept sticking their tongues out at each other, then bursting into laughter.
2. By extension, to do something that openly mocks, flouts, or shows contempt for someone or something. The company continues to stick its tongue out at the government by refusing to comply with anti-corruption legislation. You can't just stick your tongue out at the rules like that and expect to get away with it scot-free!
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stick one's tongue out

Fig. to cause one's tongue to project outward. (A gesture of contempt.) Don't stick your tongue out at me! she stuck out her tongue at me!
See also: out, stick, tongue
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"I can't stick my tongue out and I can't say it really feels like a tongue.
"I'm so embarrassed, because people are taking pictures of me, and I just don't know how to - I don't know how to smile, and just be awkward, so I stick my tongue out, because I don't know what else to do," explained Miley further.
"I was trying to get this photographer's dog to come over and I thought, 'Well maybe if I stick my tongue out he will (come over)' because dogs love to lick people's mouths," she said.
She said: "People ask me to stick my tongue out at them and sometimes I get teased about it, but I don't really mind.