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Muzzle (verb active)

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To Mu'zzle. v.a.

  1. To bind the mouth.

    This butcher's cur is venom mouth'd, and I
    Have not the pow'r to muzzle him; therefore best
    Not wake him in his slumber.
    Shakesp. Henry VIII.

                                My dagger muzzled,
    Lest it should bite its master, and so prove,
    As ornaments oft do, too dangerous.
    Shak. Winter's Tale.

    The bear, the boar, and every savage name,
    Wild in effect, though in appearance tame,
    Lay waste thy woods, destroy thy blissful bow'r,
    And muzzled though they seem, the mutes devour.

    Led by the nostril, walks the muzzledbear. Gay's Past.

  2. To fondle with the mouth close. A low word.

    The nurse was then muzzling and coaxing of the child. L'Estrange's Fables.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Gay, John (51) · Shakespeare's Henry VIII (62) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Shakespeare's Winter's Tale (43)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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