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Noun: muzzle  mú-zul
  1. The open circular discharging end of a gun
    - gun muzzle
  2. Forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
  3. A leather or wire restraint that fits over an animal's snout (especially a dog's nose and jaws) and prevents it from eating or biting
  4. Restraint put into a person's mouth to prevent speaking or shouting
    - gag
Verb: muzzle  mú-zul
  1. Fit with a muzzle
    "muzzle the dog to prevent it from biting strangers"
  2. Prevent from speaking out
    "The press was muzzled";
    - gag
  3. Tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
    "The burglars muzzled the home owner and tied him to a chair";
    - gag

Derived forms: muzzling, muzzles, muzzled

Type of: bind, constraint, equip, face, fit, fit out, hush, hush up, opening, outfit, quieten [Brit], restraint, shut up, silence, still, tie

Antonym: unmuzzle

Part of: bean [informal], bonce [Brit, informal], caput [technical], dome [informal], gun, head, napper [Brit, informal], nob [informal], noggin [informal], noodle [informal], nut [informal], skull [informal]

Encyclopedia: Muzzle