from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Work in the tongues; philological labor.
- n. Talk; babble.
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Baldassare's own were black as old channel-posts in the Lagoon, but in tongue-work he gave as sharp as he got.
Why, that would be merely talking; tongue-work; keeping on and on after one usually, if merciful to a friend, lets him off.
The mere tongue-work or hand-*work, of virtue slackens and becomes deteriorated, when not sustained by profound thought and feeling.
I wonder whether you and he have had any tongue-work already. '
-- why, five minutes of Krevin's tongue-work did more than half a dozen inquiries.
I wonder whether you and he have had any tongue-work already. "