at\ the\ tip\ of\ one's\ tongue


at\ the\ tip\ of\ one's\ tongue
• on the tip of one's tongue
• at the tip of one's tongue
adv. phr. informal
1. Almost spoken; at the point of being said.

It was at the tip of my tongue to tell him, when the phone rang.

John had a rude answer on the tip of his tongue, but he remembered his manners just in time.

2a. Almost remembered; at the point where one can almost say it but cannot because it is forgotten.

I have his name on the tip of my tongue.

2b. 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."


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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