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English definition of “tongue-tied”

tongue-tied

adjective uk   /ˈtʌŋ.taɪd/ us  
If you get tongue-tied, you find it difficult to express yourself, usually because you are nervous.Falling silent and not speaking
(Definition of tongue-tied from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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