stick out (one's) tongue

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stick out (one's) tongue

1. To protrude one's tongue out of one's mouth. Often done in a childishly mocking, contemptuous, or defiant manner. I stuck out my tongue to catch the snowflakes falling from the sky. She just stuck out her tongue when I told her to go do the dishes. The children kept sticking out their tongues 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 out its tongue at the government by refusing to comply with anti-corruption legislation. You can't just stick out your tongue at the rules like that and expect to get away with it scot-free!
See also: out, stick, tongue
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TYRANNOSAURUS rex may have had many other ways of being rude, but he could not stick out his tongue, research has shown.
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Cullan liked going to the doctor The doctor made Cullan stick out his tongue. Cullan liked to stick out his tongue.