put words into (one's) mouth

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put words into (one's) mouth

To falsely attribute a statement or belief to one. I never said you were lazy—stop putting words into my mouth!
See also: mouth, put, word

put words into someone's mouth

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put words in someone's mouth

1. If someone puts words into your mouth or in your mouth, they claim that you said something that you did not actually say. She claimed that she had never made that statement and that the interviewer had put words into her mouth.
2. If someone puts words into your mouth or in your mouth, they tell you what they think your opinion is instead of listening to what you say. No, I don't think you're lazy. Hold it, you're putting words into my mouth — I never once said you were lazy!
See also: mouth, put, word
References in classic literature ?
"Sir," said Captain Smollett, "with no intention to take offence, I deny your right to put words into my mouth. No captain, sir, would be justified in going to sea at all if he had ground enough to say that.
'Don't put words into my mouth that I don't mean,' said Jeremiah, sticking to his figurative expression with tenacious and impenetrable obstinacy: 'I mean dropped down upon me.'
'Don't put words into my mouth,' Loke said when asked if he agreed with the claims made in the audio clip.
On being asked if he has rejected resignations of other MLA's, the speaker said: "Please do not put words into my mouth. Their resignation letters are not in a prescribed format.
But I don't think he can put words into my mouth because it is not fair.
"Don't put words into my mouth here, for goodness sake," says John, cagily, "but Andy Murray has got enormous talent.