Idiom of the Week: Tongue-Tied


Meaning: To not be able to speak; to hesitate a lot when answering a question


He was tongue-tied when he met his favorite actress.

The boss asked him why he was late and he was tongue-tied.

He was so good-looking that she became tongue-tied when talking to him.


Pop Quiz:

You might become tongue-tied if you…

A. are very nervous in a job interview.

B. you’re talking to your best friend on the phone.

C. you know exactly what you want to order at a restaurant.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is A. When you’re nervous, it’s sometimes very difficult to speak. If you find that you’re tongue-tied in a  job interview, just take a deep breath, close your eyes, and pretend you’re lying on the beach!


2 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Tongue-Tied

  1. Helen lin says:

    My biggest worry is tongue tied. I can’t properly express what I really want to talk about it, that make me very depressed

  2. Pman says:

    I’m tongue-tied when I’m in the class.

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