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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.
See also: mouth, put, word
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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!
See also: mouth, put, word
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: mouth, put, word
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put words in (or into) someone's mouth

1 falsely report what someone has said. 2 prompt or encourage someone to say something.
See also: mouth, put, word
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put ˈwords in/into somebody’s mouth

say or suggest that somebody has said something, when they have not: You’re putting words in my mouth. I didn’t say the whole house was dirty, I just said the living room needed a clean.
See also: mouth, put, word
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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, to, word
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