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noun tongue pronunciation in British English /tʌŋ/ 
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singulartongue
pluraltongues
  1. 2
    [countable] mainly literary a language
    your native tongue:

    English was clearly not his native tongue.

    a foreign tongue:

    They were speaking in some foreign tongue.

    See also  mother tongue
  2. 3
    [singular] a particular way of speaking or writing
    a sharp tongue (=a severe and unkind way of speaking to people):

    She has a rather sharp tongue.

    a silver tongue (=an ability to talk well and persuade people):

    I hope you've not allowed yourself to be persuaded by Laura's silver tongue.

  3. 6
    [singular] mainly literary something that looks like or moves like a tongue
    tongue of:

    a tongue of flame/fire

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