Look at the picture and try to guess the meaning of the idiom 'cat got your tongue.'
cat / cat's got your tongue: an expression that is used when someone is quiet and isn't talking or responding when you expect them to.
It isn't clear exactly where this idiom originated but it's obvious that it would be difficult to speak if a cat did get your tongue!
We often use this expression when someone is not responding to us as a way to try to get them to speak and say something.
The full idiom would be "Has the cat got your tongue?" However, it is mostly used in the forms "Cat got your tongue?" or "Cat's got your tongue?"
"What's the matter" or "what's wrong" is also often used at the beginning of the expression.
Cat's got someone's tongue (my tongue, your tongue, his tongue, Bill's tongue, their tongue, the president's tongue, etc.).
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