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Cat Got Your Tongue?

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Cat got your tongue? or Has the cat got your tongue? are questions you can ask when you are wondering why someone is being unusually quiet. It’s the same as asking Why aren’t you talking? or Why are you being so quiet. As well, sometimes, when you don’t know what say, you can also say that the cat has got your tongue. Here are two sample sentences using this idiom:

What’s the matter?
Has the cat got your tongue?
I didn’t know how to answer the question. The cat had got my tongue.

There are a number of theories about where this idiom comes from but one idea is that the phrase stems from an ancient middle-eastern practice of punishing a thief by cutting off his tongue and feeding it to the king’s pets. Not a nice thought but definitely a reason why someone would be

Could you use the expression cat got your tongue to explain the following quotes?

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Martin Luther King

Silence is golden, when you can’t think of a good answer.
- Muhammed Ali

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