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tongue twister

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noun
  1. a word or sequence of words difficult to pronounce, especially rapidly, because of alliteration or a slight variation of consonant sounds, as “She sells seashells by the seashore.”
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Origin of tongue twister

First recorded in 1895–1900
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  • How was this for a tongue-twister—say five hundred and fifty-five francs in French!

    Jimmie Higgins

    Upton Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for tongue twister

tongue twister

noun
  1. a sentence or phrase that is difficult to articulate clearly and quickly, such as Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper
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