Meaning of tongues wag in English:

tongues wag


  • Used to convey that people are gossiping about someone or something.

    ‘this is a small island and tongues are beginning to wag’
    • ‘In 1866 Cosima moved in with Wagner on Lake Lucerne, and they let the tongues wag.’
    • ‘So far that hasn't happened, but Kane's deliberately low profile to date has set tongues wagging.’
    • ‘I worry endlessly about what other people think about me; I didn't want the tongues to start wagging.’
    • ‘Helen Hunt plays the temptress who sets tongues wagging.’
    • ‘The singer's unusual haircuts have set tongues wagging since his band shot to fame with the hit single Why Does it Always Rain on Me?’
    • ‘Needless to say, tongues begin to wag about Barrie's behaviour.’
    • ‘Tongues are wagging in art circles following the announcement that Kathryn Smith is the Standard Bank Young Artist for 2004.’
    • ‘His absence from the most prestigious festival in the film industry calendar was guaranteed to get the tongues wagging.’
    • ‘‘The New York Times’ is reporting that tongues are wagging in Hollywood about whether he is actually harming his career.’
    • ‘This extraordinary sounding record had tongues wagging all over the place.’