tongue-twister

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tongue-twister (plural tongue-twisters)

  1. A phrase that is deliberately designed to be difficult to say correctly, usually because of varying combinations of similar phonemes.
    “Red lorry, yellow lorry” and “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” are well-known tongue-twisters.
    1855, H. Taylor, “Report of the Committee on Dysentery”, in The Transactions of the American Medical Association[1], volume viii, Philadelphia: Collins, page 568:
    The present name being a translation, "in brief," of the original tongue-twister, meaning "the river of the rock"

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