put words into someone's mouth

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

put words into someone's mouth, to

To tell or strongly suggest what someone should say. This term is in the Old Testament: “So Joab put the words in her mouth” (2 Samuel 14:3). For a corollary to this cliché, see words right out of someone’s mouth.
See also: put, word
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Still, even had Diana been less adept at spin, no-one can put words into someone's mouth when it's on camera.