forked tongue

noun

Definition of forked tongue 

: intent to mislead or deceive usually used in the phrase to speak with forked tongue

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For instance, Horner says that in the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park, the movie producers wanted the Velociraptors to flick forked tongues in the air, like snakes. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Were real dinosaurs as bulletproof as the one in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?," 19 June 2018 My boyfriend clung to Waldo’s fur and stretched his little, forked tongue out for the crickets in my hand. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Lizard Lover" by Christine Vines," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of forked tongue

1833, in the meaning defined above

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