НА ЯЗЫКЕ укогоPrepPInvarthe resulting phrase is usu. subj-compl with бытье)
1. ( subj: вопрос, слово etc) some question (word etc) is about to be asked, said by s.o. (who is eager to ask or say it)
X у Y-a на языке = X is on the tip of Y% tongueY has X on the tip of his tongue.
2. ( subj: abstr) sth. is continually mentioned, discussed, repeated
X у Y-ов на языке - X keeps popping (cropping) up (in conversation)Ys keep (are always, are constantly) talking about XYs talk about X all the time
X у всех на языке - X is on everyone' lipsX is the talk of the town.
Большой русско-английский фразеологический словарь
Я55 →← Я53