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Cat Got Your Tongue

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Cat Got Your Tongue

   
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Meaning and History

This idiom is used to describe someone who can’t seem to respond to a question, or who suddenly becomes silent when faced with questioning. According to The Phrase Finder (phrases.org.uk) it was first used in an American publication in 1881 and has no identifiable connection to any individual cat.

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