Did the cat get your tongue?

from Radiohead – 15 Step Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

An old English idiom, “did the cat get your tongue?” is questioning a person, “why are you not talking?”

The origin of this phrase is unsure, but Yahoo! has a theory that it originates from a form of punishment in the Middle East in which caught liars had their tongues torn out and fed to cats, the cat getting the tongue and rendering the liar mute.

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