reduce (one) to silence

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reduce (one) to silence

To cause one to become silent, especially after being noisy or outspoken. The loud bang reduced the entire classroom to silence. I've had my vocal critics over the years, but I have faith that my next project will reduce them all to silence.
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reduce someone to silence

to cause someone to be silent. The rebuke reduced him to silenceat last. Mary was reduced to silence by Jane's comments.
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Kynaston had a lightning-quick wit and sarcasm that would reduce you to silence. He was back in touch to ask if I would contribute a film to his "Information" exhibition, another show that ended up being groundbreaking: It put mixed media and Conceptual art on the map.