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English definition of “muzzle”

muzzle

noun [C] uk   /ˈmʌz.l̩/ us  

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 bitingThe head and neck of non-human animals

muzzle noun [C] (GUN)

the end of a gun barrel, where the bullets come outParts of guns

muzzle

verb [T] uk   /ˈmʌz.l̩/ us  

muzzle verb [T] (ANIMAL)

to put a muzzle on an animal: Dangerous dogs should be muzzled.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding

muzzle verb [T] (STOP OPINIONS)

to stop a person or organization from expressing independent opinions: The new Secrecy Act will muzzle the media and the opposition.Interrupting and preventing from speaking
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