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Tongue, subst. 1) the limb within the mouth: “a neat's t.” Merch. I, 1, 112. “t. of dog,” Mcb. IV, 1, 15. “adders with cloven --s,” Tp. II, 2, 13. “a serpent with forked t.” H6B III, 2, 259. “snakes with double t.” Mids. II, 2, 9. III, 2, 72. R2 III, 2, 21. “hold a serpent by the t.” Ado V, 1, 90. John III, 1, 258. “aspics' --s,” Oth. III, 3, 450. “with my t. in your tail,” Shr. II, 219; cf. Gent. II, 3, 52. “lolling the t. with slaughtering,” Cymb. V, 3, 8. In man, an instrument of taste: “love's t. proves dainty Bacchus gross in taste,” LLL IV, 3, 339. Oftener the instrument of speech: Ven. 217. Ven. 217 Lucr. 78. Sonn. 89, 9. Tp. II, 1, 24. II, 2, 52. III, 1, 41. III, 2, 14. III, 3, 38. IV, 59. Gent. II, 6, 14. III, 1, 104. III, 1, 104 Meas. I, 1, 46. I, 4, 33 “(t. far from heart).” II, 2, 46. II, 2, 46 II, 4, 173. V, 413. Err. II, 1, 72. III, 2, 10. V, 308. Ado II, 1, 284 “(my Lady T.).” IV, 1, 323. LLL I, 2, 101. V, 2, 242. V, 2, 242 V, 2, 242 V, 2, 242 H5 V, 2, 164. H6C II, 1, 44 etc. “keep a good t. in your head,” Tp. III, 2, 39. 120 (take care what you say). “to scape the serpent's t.” Mids. V, 440 (not to be hissed). “I have ne'er a t. in my head,” Merch. II, 2, 166 (I cannot speak). “I as one that am the t. of these,” John IV, 2, 47 (spokesman). “I must find that title in your t.” R2 II, 3, 72. “have not well the gift of t.” H4A V, 2, 78. “which action's self was t. to,” H8 I, 1, 42. “none stands under more calumnious --s,” V, 1, 113. “put not your worthy rage into your t.” Cor. III, 1, 241. “had t. at will,” Oth. II, 1, 150. “which you shall never have t. to charge me with,” Ant. II, 2, 83. to bite one's t. == to be silent, H6B I, 1, 230. H6C I, 4, 47. to find one's t. == to be able to speak, H4B I, 1, 74. to keep one's t. == to keep silence, Shr. I, 1, 214. to hold one's t., in the same sense: Sonn. 102, 13. Err. IV, 4, 22. As II, 5, 31. John IV, 1, 97. H6A III, 1, 61. V, 3, 42. Troil. III, 2, 137. Rom. III, 5, 171. Mcb. II, 3, 125. Hml. I, 2, 159. Lr. I, 4, 214. to tie one's t. == to put to silence: “sin and hellish obstinacy tie thy t.” All's I, 3, 186. to tie up, in the same sense: Mids. III, 1, 206. Rom. IV, 5, 32. to wag one's t. == to speak unseasonably: H8 I, 1, 33. V, 3, 127. Hml. III, 4, 39. a double t. == double-dealing, duplicity: Ado V, 1, 170. LLL V, 2, 245. Mids. III, 2, 72. this knave's t. begins to double (== to speak brokenly) H6B II, 3, 94.
2) the manner of speaking; a) with respect to sound, == voice: “the t. of Isabel,” Meas. IV, 3, 111. “I know your t.” Merch. II, 6, 27. with soft low t. Shr. Ind. I, 114. “knowest my t. so well,” John V, 6, 8. “the sound of Marcius' t.” Cor. I, 6, 26. “I hear a t., shriller than all the music, cry Caesar,” Caes. I, 2, 16. “dull of t.” Ant. III, 3, 19. b) with respect to meaning or expression: “I have no t. but one: gentle my lord, let me entreat you speak the former language,” Meas. II, 4, 139. Meas. II, 4, 139 “a bird of my t.” Ado I, 1, 140. “he speaks the common t., which all men speak with him,” Tim. I, 1, 174. “is't not possible to understand in another t.?” Hml. V, 2, 132. “mince not the general t.” Ant. I, 2, 109.
3) a language (as used by a particular nation): Wiv. II, 3, 62. As V, 4, 38. All's IV, 1, 82. Tw. 1, 3, 1, 3 H4A III, 1, 125. H4B IV, 4, 69. H5 V, 2, 203. H5 V, 2, 203 H6B IV, 2, 181. H8 I, 4, 57. III, 1, 45. have you the --s, (== do you know foreign languages?) Gent. IV, 1, 33. Ado V, 1, 167.
4) a vote: “your sued-for --s,” Cor. II, 3, 216. “disclaim their --s,” III, 1, 35.
5) the clapper of a bell: “the iron t. of midnight hath told twelve,” Mids. V, 370. “the midnight bell, with his iron t. and brazen mouth,” John III, 3, 38. cf. “he hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his t. is the clapper,” Ado III, 2, 13.
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