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on the tip of one's tongue

Definition of on the tip of one's tongue

  1. 1 —used to say that one knows a word, name, etc., but cannot remember it <His name is (right) on the tip of my tongue.>

  2. 2 —used to say that one nearly said a statement but decided not to say it <A sarcastic reply was on the tip of her tongue.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  overturn, upset

    :  cant, tilt

    :  to raise and tilt forward in salute

  1. :  the act or an instance of tipping :  tilt

    :  a place for depositing something (as rubbish) by dumping

  1. :  to furnish with a tip

    :  to cover or adorn the tip of

    :  to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

  1. :  the usually pointed end of something

    :  a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

  1. :  a light touch or blow

  1. :  to strike lightly :  tap

    :  to give (as a baseball) a glancing blow

    :  tiptoe

  1. :  a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

    :  a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

  1. :  to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment :  tout

  1. :  give, present

    :  to give a gratuity to

    :  to bestow a gratuity

  1. :  a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated :  gratuity

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  1. :  a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ

    :  a part of various invertebrate animals that is analogous to the tongue

    :  the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food

  1. :  scold

    :  to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue

    :  to cut a tongue on


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