put words into someone's mouth
put words in(to) (one's) mouth
To falsely attribute a statement or belief to someone. I never said you were lazy—stop putting words in my mouth! Just because the senator has highlighted potential problems with the legislation does not mean that she opposes it. Please do not put words in her mouth like that.
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put words into someone's mouthor
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!
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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.
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer