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tongue

noun uk   us   /tʌŋ/

tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

B1 [C] the large, soft piece of flesh in the mouth that you can move, and is used for tasting, speaking, etc.: I burned my tongue on some soup last night. [U] the tongue of an animal, used as food
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tongue noun (SHOE)

[C] a part of an object that is tongue-shaped, especially the piece of material that is under the laces in a shoe

tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[C] literary a language: immigrants struggling to learn a foreign tongue an ancient tongue

tongue noun (STYLE OF EXPRESSION)

[S] a person's way of expressing their ideas and feelings: She is a prolific writer with critical views and a sharp (= severe and critical) tongue.
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