give tongue

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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.
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.
By gum, master Gingnutt, such bold ideas as you give tongue to do make my own pamphlets seem like so much chopped offal," exclaimed Tom Paine, who also happened to be on board.
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.