put words in (one's) mouth(redirected from putting words in mouth)
put words in (one's) mouth
To falsely attribute a statement or belief to someone. I never said you were lazy—stop putting words in my mouth!
put words in (to) someone's mouth
Fig. to interpret what someone said so that the words mean what you want and not what the speaker wanted. I didn't say that! You are putting words into my mouth. Stop putting words in my mouth!
put words in someone's mouth
Tell what someone should say, as in Give Janey a chance to answer my question; don't put words in her mouth. This graphic term appeared in the Bible (II Samuel 14:3): "So Joab put words in her mouth." Also see take the words out of one's mouth.