on the tip of my tongue

on the tip of my tongue

Meaning | Synonyms

  • something like a name or word that you know it but cannot remember at a particular moment
  • anything that is about to appear on one’s mind
  • problem of forgetfulness
  • things that are able to be recalled after some time
  • something you want to say, but then you decide not to

Example Sentences

  1. It won’t take me much time to remember, her name is on the tip of my tongue.
  2. Just give me a minute – his birth date is on the tip of my tongue.
  3. I can’t exactly remember the title of the book, but it is on the tip of my tongue.
  4. Sara looked up at me with questions on the tip of her tongue.
  5. There was a question on the tip of his tongue, but he was unable to ask it.
  6. Marry was badly annoyed by the behavior of the staff, terrible comments were on the tip of her tongue.


The origin of this phrase is uncertain. It might have come from the psychological phenomenon named Tip of the tongue (TOT). People experiencing this phenomenon are able to recall a few of the things regarding the actual thing they are trying to remember.

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