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The meaning of "cat got your tongue?"

" Cat got your tongue? "
A question addressed to someone who is inexplicably silent. The implication is that the person's tongue is missing.
All you have to do is tell us who attacked you and we will arrest them. Why so quiet? Has the cat got your tongue?
Where did it originate?:
America, 19th century.
Where is it used?:
Worldwide, but little used amongst the young.
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