Definition of on the tip of one's tongue in English:

on the tip of one's tongue

Translate on the tip of one's tongue into Spanish

phrase

  • 1Used to indicate that someone is almost but not quite able to bring a particular word or name to mind.

    ‘his name's on the tip of my tongue!’
    • ‘I was vaguely aware of Deo and a name, a word on the tip of my tongue that I couldn't quite say.’
    • ‘There was a line-up of Late Review personalities along one wall, among them several very well-known playwrights whose names remain forever on the tip of your tongue.’
    • ‘Blocking refers to those times when you have a word or name on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't recall it.’
    • ‘The name was on the tip of my tongue, I just couldn't remember.’
    • ‘Kime scrambled for his name, searching through his mental reserves for the name that lingered on the tip of his tongue.’
    • ‘The name was on the tip of her tongue, hanging off the edge.’
    • ‘She added: ‘The questions sound fairly easy, but the answers might take quite some time as you may feel they are on the tip of your tongue yet they escape you at the critical moment.’’
    • ‘Kit stayed silent for a second as though she had had an answer to that question but she couldn't quite remember it or else it was on the tip of her tongue.’
    • ‘There are mental equivalents too, like having somebody's name, or a fact, or a song title on the tip of your tongue, but being unable to get it out.’
    • ‘I've forgotten the name of this liqueur… it's on the tip of my tongue.’
    1. 1.1Used to indicate that someone is about to utter a comment or question but thinks better of it.
      ‘it was on the tip of his tongue to ask what was the matter’
      • ‘As Andy continued to talk about the youth group, I just smiled and nodded, pretending to listen and trying to hold back the many questions on the tip of my tongue.’
      • ‘I turn around to face whoever it is, a nasty comment on the tip of my tongue, and I falter for the millionth time that day.’
      • ‘He looked up, a question on the tip of his tongue, but Jay was gone.’
      • ‘When the other two returned to the table, this question was on the tip of his tongue.’
      • ‘Extremely tempted to reply with the caustic comment on the tip of her tongue, Tyra contented herself with grinning archly.’
      • ‘There was a question on the tip of her tongue, but she couldn't ask it.’
      • ‘I asked when she looked like she had a question on the tip of her tongue.’
      • ‘All these questions were on the tip of her tongue but not a word escaped.’
      • ‘She looked up at me, questions on the tip of her tongue and uncertainty in her eyes.’
      • ‘I separated myself from the flustered boy, standing stiffly, biting back the angry comment on the tip of my tongue.’