Sharp Tongue Meaning
(idiomatic) The practice or characteristic of speaking to others in a harsh, critical, or insulting manner.
Example: 1819, Washington Irving, "Rip Van Winkle":
Times grew worse and worse with Rip Van Winkle as years of matrimony rolled on; a tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
1910, H. Rider Haggard, Queen Sheba's Ring, ch. 5:
He hated the Professor, who smelt the rogue in him, and scourged him continually with his sharp tongue.
2003 July 28, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, "Washington Memo: Can a 'Wire Brush' Learn Civility?," New York Times (retrieved 12 May 2014):
Mr. Thomas rarely misses a chance to use his sharp tongue. Republicans are terrified of him; Democrats call him a bully.