Tongue in Cheek

Posted by Camo on September 30, 1999

In Reply to: Tongue in Cheek posted by Bruce Kahl on September 25, 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.