Posted by Bruce Kahl on September 25, 1999
In Reply to: Tongue in Cheek posted by Renee Pouvreau on September 23, 1999
: What is the origin of the phrase "tongue in cheek"?
I always thought it came from the practice of biting your tongue
causing pain in an effort to
suppress laughter or a smile. If you bite your tongue with your side teeth you
have put your tongue in your cheek.