tongues wag

tongues wag

People are gossiping. For example, Tongues wagged when another police car was parked in front of their house, or Their arrival in a stretch limousine set the neighbors' tongues wagging. This metaphoric expression transfers the rapid movement of the tongue to idle or indiscreet chatter. [Late 1500s]
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tongues ˈwag

(informal) there is a lot of talk about somebody’s private life, etc: Don’t tell anyone your secret — you know how tongues wag around here.
See also: tongue, wag
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Meanwhile rival Jennifer Metcalfe made tongues wag when a mystery man took her to a Liverpool hotel yesterday.