unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
affected with tongue-tie.
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How to use tongue-tied in a sentence
It is amazing how tongue-tied they get when you present them with irrefutable information.
Fashion seems to leave some accomplished women tongue-tied or tripping over their own words.
Questioned about how he selects or rejects his parts, though, Gosling can get a bit tongue tied.
He lost track of his stump speech and was momentarily tongue-tied.
In fact, the governor does not need much more than a ballot line from the aimless, tongue-tied, villain-rich GOP.How Palin's Resignation Makes Her the True Frontrunner | John Batchelor | July 3, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
At this impudent and barefaced falsehood, the agent was tongue-tied, but he turned to Hank.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
She was unwilling to speak; she wanted to make Frederick understand what kind of person Mr. Thornton was—but she was tongue-tied.North and South | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
For fear of getting tongue-tied again, I set right in, with a steady stream of talk.The Portland Sketch Book | Various
He felt tongue-tied, more than usually awkward, terribly and shamefully nervous.The Imaginary Marriage | Henry St. John Cooper
Even though I'd told the story three times that night, I found myself tongue-tied.Little Brother | Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tied
speechless, esp with embarrassment or shyness
having a condition of tongue-tie
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