Cat Got Your Tongue

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To not answer any query, to stop saying anything if one ask something

Etymology:

  • In the 18th century this idiom became popular among different people of UK and USA. There is no proper clue related to the usage and right origin of this idiom. But many people tell a story that a boy was teasing a cat and it bit his tongue. The boy was not able to speak anything. This incidence was later used to describe a situation in which, one would not speak a single word. It is used in different manners and contexts.
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She was not telling anything to her parents and they kept on asking as if cat got her tongue.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

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  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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