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Russian idioms

phrase

Transcription (the accent is shown in capital letters):

[veer-TYE-tsa na ya-zy-KYE]

Translation / meaning:

lit.: to spin on the tongue

to be on the tip of one’s tongue

Comments

When something is "spinning on your tongue", it means you are desperately trying to remember someone's name, a word or expression, but it does not pop up in your memory.

Examples:

  • Его имя вертелось у меня на языке, но я никак не могла его вспомнить.
    His name was on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn't remember it.
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