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Slip of the tongue   Listen
slip of the tongue  n.  An unintentional utterance; a mistake in speaking.
Synonyms: slip of the lip.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Slip of the tongue" Quotes from Famous Books

... let you go, Miss Habberton," I said breathlessly, "without letting you know how contrite I am at a slip of the tongue which—" ...
— Paradise Garden - The Satirical Narrative of a Great Experiment • George Gibbs

... sound like a bridegroom. Had Bessemer run away then, or what? But some things looked queer. She remembered that Aileen had spoken as if Herbert was the bridegroom, but she had taken it for a mere slip of the tongue and thought nothing of it. When Aileen next came that way, she asked her if she happened to have got hold of one of the invitations, and Aileen, with her finger on her lips, nodded, and presently returned with something under ...
— Exit Betty • Grace Livingston Hill

... my friend you will take another if she has one better than this?" asked Jo, unconscious of her little slip of the tongue, ...
— Little Women • Louisa May Alcott

... put me into the army," said Mr. Percy; but he felt at once that he had made a slip of the tongue, and he hastened to correct the effect of his involuntary speech. "Of course, I wanted to go into the army of my country, as every patriotic fellow in the South does; but my father objects simply because I can be of more service to the good cause in another ...
— Taken by the Enemy • Oliver Optic

... suddenly. She looked down at the pavement for a moment; then she gave him a glance full of perturbation, laying her hand on his arm impulsively. "Jarvis—oh, I didn't mean to call you that!" The color ran in a flood to her face. "It was a slip of the tongue. I do call you that in my thoughts, for—for so many at home ...
— The Desired Woman • Will N. Harben

... was confused. "Did I say, her?" he questioned, his face flushed with embarrassment. "It was a slip of the tongue. Neither Conrad Lagrange nor I ...
— The Eyes of the World • Harold Bell Wright

... think," was the answer. "Beyond the one opinion I expressed, I will not be drawn into the discussion. I did not intend to say so much: it was a slip of the tongue." ...
— The Channings • Mrs. Henry Wood

... probably stayed with him; that the Major must know all that Foy and Pringle knew. Evidently, Pringle decided, these two, at least, could expect no direct information from their persistent questionings; what they hoped for was unconscious betrayal by some slip of the tongue. As for young Breslin, Pringle had long since sized him up for what the Major knew him to be—a good-hearted, right-meaning simpleton. In the indifferent-seeming Anastacio, Pringle recognized ...
— The Desire of the Moth; and The Come On • Eugene Manlove Rhodes

... ahoy!" roared Hal, between his hands. Then, by a slip of the tongue, and wholly innocent of any ...
— The Submarine Boys and the Middies - The Prize Detail at Annapolis • Victor G. Durham

... for the worthy old gentleman, symbolically represented by the rebel soldier, had kindly done it himself; and Tom then realized that he was in the hands of the enemy. It is true, the balance of the picket trio laughed heartily at the unfortunate slip of the tongue made by their companion, but Tom was in no condition to relish the joke, or he might perhaps have insinuated himself into the good graces of the jolly Secesh by repeating Pat's mysterious problem—"Tell me how many cheeses there are in the bag, and I'll give ye the whole five;" ...
— The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army - A Story of the Great Rebellion • Oliver Optic

Words linked to "Slip of the tongue" :   misstatement, spoonerism

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