on the tip of one's tongue
phrasal 1. about to be uttered <
it was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought
>
2. just eluding recall

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • on the tip of one's tongue — {adv. phr.} About to say something, such as a name, a telephone number, etc., but unable to remember it for the moment. * / His name is on the tip of my tongue, Tom said. It will come to me in a minute. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the tip of one's tongue — {adv. phr.} About to say something, such as a name, a telephone number, etc., but unable to remember it for the moment. * / His name is on the tip of my tongue, Tom said. It will come to me in a minute. / …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on\ the\ tip\ of\ one's\ tongue — • on the tip of one s tongue • at the tip of one s tongue adv. phr. informal 1. Almost spoken; at the point of being said. It was at the tip of my tongue to tell him, when the phone rang. John had a rude answer on the tip of his tongue, but he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • on the tip of one's tongue — ► on the tip of one s tongue almost but not quite spoken or coming to mind. Main Entry: ↑tip …   English terms dictionary

  • on the tip of one's tongue — phrasal 1. : about to be uttered or blurted out 2. : just eluding recall had his name on the tip of my tongue but it s gone now * * * on the tip of one s tongue 1. Almost, but not (yet) quite, remembered 2. On the very point of being spoken • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the tip of one's tongue — not quite able to remember something The name of his latest movie is on the tip of my tongue …   Idioms and examples

  • on the tip of one's tongue — adjective known but not quite remembered Her name is on the tip of my tongue; it could be Kathy or Karen or something …   Wiktionary

  • on the tip of one's tongue — can t think of the answer on command, unable to respond immediately …   English contemporary dictionary

  • on the tip of one's tongue — almost but not quite spoken or coming to mind. → tip …   English new terms dictionary

  • at\ the\ tip\ of\ one's\ tongue — • on the tip of one s tongue • at the tip of one s tongue adv. phr. informal 1. Almost spoken; at the point of being said. It was at the tip of my tongue to tell him, when the phone rang. John had a rude answer on the tip of his tongue, but he… …   Словарь американских идиом

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