forked tongue
noun Date: 1833 intent to mislead or deceive — usually used in the phrase to speak with forked tongue

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • forked tongue — ☆ forked tongue n. 〚prob. transl. of AmInd expression〛 lying or deceitful talk [to speak with a forked tongue] * * * …   Universalium

  • forked tongue — ☆ forked tongue n. [prob. transl. of AmInd expression] lying or deceitful talk [to speak with a forked tongue] …   English World dictionary

  • Forked tongue — A forked tongue is a tongue split into two distinct ends at the tip; this is a feature common to many species of reptiles. Reptiles smell using the tip of their tongue, and a forked tongue allows them to sense from which direction a smell is… …   Wikipedia

  • forked tongue — noun The characteristic of deceptiveness; duplicity; untruthfulness. This man has a forked tongue and lacks credibility. See Also: speak with a forked tongue …   Wiktionary

  • forked tongue — See: SPEAK WITH A FORKED TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • forked tongue — See: SPEAK WITH A FORKED TONGUE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • forked\ tongue — See: speak with a forked tongue …   Словарь американских идиом

  • forked tongue — n. duplicity, deception, lie, untruthful statement; tongue separated into two different ends at the tip (common in many reptiles) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • forked tongue — …   Useful english dictionary

  • speak/talk with a forked tongue — speak/talk with (a) forked tongue : to speak in a dishonest way that is meant to deceive people His colleagues accused him of speaking with a forked tongue. • • • Main Entry: ↑forked speak/talk with (a) forked tongue see ↑forked • • • Main Entry …   Useful english dictionary

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