I was reading a novel when I came across this phrase.

"My tongue doubles back in my throat as the senses comes back to mind and I choke on the words, "I love you too."

What does the "my tongue doubles back" mean? Thanks in advance for the answer.

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    Literally or figuratively the tip of your tongue goes back into your throat and you choke on it.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 20, 2016 at 4:21
  • I googled that book and read some bits and pieces of it. Just a warning for you if you aren't a native speaker: the English in the book is pretty eccentric, and there are lots of errors in it (it really needs a good edit). I found it kind of hard to understand in places. Maybe it's Indian English?
    – dangph
    Apr 20, 2016 at 4:26
  • What's the novel? It'd be better if we had more details.
    – NVZ
    Apr 20, 2016 at 12:19
  • Related SE question: What is actually being doubled when someone has to “double back”?
    – NVZ
    Apr 20, 2016 at 13:01

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Double backTFD

to go back in the opposite direction (esp in the phrase double back on one's tracks)

So you are reluctantly replying to "I love you".


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