give tongue

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They did not give tongue until the lidi itself dis-covered them and broke into a lumbering, awkward, but none the less rapid gallop.
She owned a bedstead, a blanket, and a drinking-trough, and if any one came into Strickland's room at night, her custom was to knock down the invader and give tongue till some one came with a light.
They expected every moment to hear Merrylegs give tongue, but the highly trained performing dog had not barked when the girl and the candle appeared together.