give tongue to

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Verb1.give tongue to - articulategive tongue to - articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse"
blaspheme, curse, cuss, swear, imprecate - utter obscenities or profanities; "The drunken men were cursing loudly in the street"
wish - make or express a wish; "I wish that Christmas were over"
cry out, exclaim, call out, outcry, shout, cry - utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy; "`I won!' he exclaimed"; "`Help!' she cried"; "`I'm here,' the mother shouted when she saw her child looking lost"
clamour, clamor - utter or proclaim insistently and noisily; "The delegates clamored their disappointment"
vociferate, shout out - utter in a very loud voice; "They vociferated their demands"
marvel - express astonishment or surprise about something
voice - give voice to; "He voiced his concern"
raise - cause to be heard or known; express or utter; "raise a shout"; "raise a protest"; "raise a sad cry"
breathe - utter or tell; "not breathe a word"
drop - utter with seeming casualness; "drop a hint"; drop names"
pour out - express without restraint; "The woman poured out her frustrations as the judge listened"
get off - deliver verbally; "He got off the best line I've heard in a long time"
platitudinize - utter platitudes; "The candidate platitudinized and bored the audience"
say - utter aloud; "She said `Hello' to everyone in the office"
represent - serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"
say, state, tell - express in words; "He said that he wanted to marry her"; "tell me what is bothering you"; "state your opinion"; "state your name"
pooh-pooh - express contempt about
hurl, throw - utter with force; utter vehemently; "hurl insults"; "throw accusations at someone"
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Kim felt these things, though he could not give tongue to his feelings, and so contented himself with buying peeled sugar-cane and spitting the pith generously about his path.
Only when the question of the Muslim veil-wearers cropped up did Dr Rowan Williams give tongue to his belief - quite rightly, as it happens - that there should be no problem with the faithful proclaiming their religious allegiance.
Coplans, who is notoriously subject to distraction, since almost anything will catch his full attention, has in a few of these writings (the prose is smooth, the thoughts jagged) performed what some see as the critic's first task: to give tongue to the wordless, beginning the socialization of new art through language.