cat\ get\ one's\ tongue

You are not able or willing to talk because of shyness. Usually used about children or as a question to children.

Tommy's father asked Tommy if the cat had got his tongue.

The little girl had a poem to recite, but the cat got her tongue.

Compare: lose one's tongue

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • get one's tongue — See: CAT GET ONE S TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get one's tongue — See: CAT GET ONE S TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • get\ one's\ tongue — See: cat get one s tongue …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lose one's tongue — {v. phr.}, informal To be so embarrassed or surprised that you cannot talk. * /The man would always lose his tongue when he was introduced to new people./ Compare: CAT GET ONE S TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose one's tongue — {v. phr.}, informal To be so embarrassed or surprised that you cannot talk. * /The man would always lose his tongue when he was introduced to new people./ Compare: CAT GET ONE S TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lose\ one's\ tongue — v. phr., informal to be so embarrassed or surprised that you cannot talk. The man would always lose his tongue when he was introduced to new people. Compare: cat get one s tongue …   Словарь американских идиом

  • tongue — See: AT THE TIP OF ONE S TONGUE, CAT GET ONE S TONGUE, HOLD ONE S TONGUE, KEEP A CIVIL TONGUE IN ONE S HEAD, SLIP OF THE TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tongue — See: AT THE TIP OF ONE S TONGUE, CAT GET ONE S TONGUE, HOLD ONE S TONGUE, KEEP A CIVIL TONGUE IN ONE S HEAD, SLIP OF THE TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tongue — See: at the tip of one s tongue, cat get one s tongue, hold one s tongue, keep a civil tongue in one s head, slip of the tongue …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Cat (Red Dwarf) — Infobox character series=Red Dwarf name=The Cat first=The End last=Only the Good... portrayer=Danny John Jules (British version) Kōichi Yamadera (British version, Japanese dub) Hinton Battle (American version, first episode) Terry Farrell… …   Wikipedia

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