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

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