a slip of the tongue

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - a slip of the tongue

"a slip of the tongue"

to say something accidentally or unintentionally


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - a slip of the tongue

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Our new boss sure is hairy.

Colleague 2:  Pardon me?  Did you say the new boss is hairy?

Colleague 1:  Oh, sorry. That was a slip of the tongue.  I meant to say that our new boss sure is scary.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - a slip of the tongue

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am going to order a pepperoni plaza. Do you want one?

Friend 2:  What the heck is a pepperoni plaza?

Friend 1:  Did I say plaza. Oops, a slip of the tongue. Do you want a pepperoni pizza?

a slip of the tongue - Usage:


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a slip of the tongue - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for a slip of the tongue.

a slip of the tongue - Examples:

1)  This is not the Mayan days where a slip of the tongue in the presence of the aristocrats might cost you your life.

2)  ... either George misheard Paul's words, or Paul had a slip of the tongue.

3)  ... White House will no doubt dismiss this latest faux pas by the president as a slip of the tongue, ...

4)  In other words, a slip of the tongue by one presenter gets turned into a conspiracy theory.

5)  ... were worse than a gaffe. It was not a slip of the tongue when he said " I like being able to fire people who ...

6)  Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue. Perhaps it had been silly to read so much into it ...

7)  At first I thought maybe it was just a slip of the tongue, but he seems to be doing it constantly throughout the recordings ...

8)  ... called Buckley a "pro-cryptoNazi", later saying this was a slip of the tongue, that he meant to say "proto-cryptofascist".

9)  It was a slip of the tongue that land-banker Baron Deschauer quickly regretted.

10)  I think the "legitimate" rape thing was a slip of the tongue. He meant "genuine" rather than "legitimate."

11)  I was prepared to overlook it when you uttered her name: a slip of the tongue, perhaps. But to see you defend it ...

12)  ... meant to say one thing but something different came out. Makes sense with a slip of the tongue, but not with a whole series of sentences.

13)  This wasn't just a slip of the tongue, but a term he used twice to describe the accomplished lawyer ...

14)  But first, this was a slip of the tongue more than a historical inaccuracy.

15)  This is not a slip of the tongue but rather fundamental ignorance.

16)  ... leeway to candidates saying dumb things once in a while, things that are a slip of the tongue, or a simple misunderstanding.

17)  Liberals always lie. This Clinton thing is only a slip of the tongue for Willie -- a momentary lapse into truth.

18)  There's a substantial difference between "a slip of the tongue" and making a deliberate statement such as David Chalian made.

19)  It didn't sound like a slip of the tongue and one would assume she had her own good intelligence sources.

20)  After a celebratory toast however, a slip of the tongue translated them into the Hairy Marys and that title stuck.