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Tongue in Cheek

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.