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"muzzle" in British English

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muzzlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈmʌz.əl/ us   /ˈmʌz.əl/
  • muzzle noun [C] (ANIMAL)

the mouth and nose of an animal, especially a dog, or a covering put over this in order to prevent the animal from biting

muzzleverb [T]

uk   /ˈmʌz.əl/ us   /ˈmʌz.əl/
(Definition of muzzle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"muzzle" in American English

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muzzlenoun [C]

us   /ˈmʌz·əl/
  • muzzle noun [C] (ANIMAL NOSE)

the mouth and nose of an animal, esp. a dog or a horse, or a covering put over this in order to prevent the animal from biting
  • muzzle noun [C] (GUN PART)

the end of a gun barrel (= the cylindrical part of a gun), where the bullets come out

muzzleverb [T]

us   /ˈmʌz·əl/
  • muzzle verb [T] (PREVENT EXPRESSION)

to prevent someone from speaking or expressing his or her thoughts: Frank will continue to muzzle his critics.
  • muzzle verb [T] (ANIMAL NOSE)

to put a covering over the mouth and nose of an animal, esp. a dog or a horse, in order to prevent the animal from biting: Dangerous dogs should be muzzled.
(Definition of muzzle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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