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a      (Anat, Culin)     (fig)   tongue  
mostrare la lingua a qn      to stick o put out one's tongue at sb  
avere qc sulla punta della lingua        (fig)   to have sth on the tip of one's tongue  
ce l'ho sulla punta della lingua      it's on the tip of my tongue  
avere la lingua sciolta      to have the gift of the gab  
avere una lingua velenosa        (fig)   to have a nasty tongue  
tenere a freno la lingua      to hold one's tongue  
avere la lingua lunga        (fig)   to talk too much  
la lingua batte dove il dente duole        (Proverbio)    it is human nature to dwell on one's misfortunes  
  lingua di bue     (Culin)   ox tongue  
  lingue di gatto     (biscotti)    langues de chat
b      (linguaggio)    language, tongue  
parla tre lingue      he speaks three languages  
lingua viva/morta      living/dead language  
la lingua italiana      the Italian language  
paesi di lingua inglese      English-speaking countries  
non parliamo la stessa lingua        (anche)      (fig)   we don't talk the same language  
studiare lingue      to study languages  
studio lingue all'università      I'm studying languages at university  
  lingua franca   lingua franca  
  lingua madre   mother tongue
c      lingua di fuoco   tongue of flame  
  lingua di terra   spit of land  

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"lingua": examples and translations in context
Mi suona come una lingua straniera. That sounds like a foreign language to me.
Un matematico, poiché sarebbe probabilmente la lingua comune. A mathematician, because that'll probably be our common language.
Credo che comincerò tagliandole la lingua. I think I'll start by cutting out your tongue.
La defecazione fluisce agilmente dalla lingua. Yes, defecation flows trippingly from the tongue.
Sembra appartenga a una lingua antica. It looks like it's from some ancient language.
La domanda di nullità è presentata nella lingua procedurale. The application for a declaration of invalidity shall be filed in the language of proceedings.
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