cat got your tongue

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cat got your tongue

informal
used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything
  • "You've been unusually quiet tonight," she said. "What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?"

Word by Word Definitions

got
  1. : past tense and past participle of get

your play
  1. : of or relating to you or yourself or yourselves especially as possessor or possessors, agent or agents, or object or objects of an action

  2. : of or relating to one or oneself

  3. used with little or no meaning almost as an equivalent to the definite article the

tongue play
  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

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

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

  1. : to articulate (notes) by tonguing

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

  3. : to cut a tongue on


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