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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: reduce, silence, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Consequently, the clubrooms became deserted, the servants dozed in the antechambers, the newspapers grew mouldy on the tables, sounds of snoring came from dark corners, and the members of the Gun Club, erstwhile so noisy in their seances, were reduced to silence by this disastrous peace and gave themselves up wholly to dreams of a Platonic kind of artillery.
Cephalus appears in the introduction only, Polemarchus drops at the end of the first argument, and Thrasymachus is reduced to silence at the close of the first book.
But my concern was reduced to silence by my ignorance of her modes of feeling.
Normally, those supporters question Guardiola's judgment but are then reduced to silence as the chosen XI prove to be the perfect balance.
In an open letter to Pope Francis, she said the 11 women felt they were being "reduced to silence" and denounced an attempt to "return to the antiquated and arid custom of decisions from above, under direct male control".
When he had told them that he would be taken by force but would not respond in kind, they were reduced to silence. He tried to explain his reasoning.
Digging deeply into the wounds of generations of women reduced to silence, this powerful work gives the four heroines back their individuality.
Much as we want to help and speak out, we're reduced to silence because of fear.
Then the guests are reduced to silence by the ceremony of the lighting of the tree - another marvellous moment which was one of many which held a crowded theatre spellbound.
He said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.' Many are invited, but few are chosen."
I sat in my son's living room and was reduced to silence. I could only watch.
Three years ago Croke Park shook with noise following Bernard Brogan's early goal for Dublin but most of those punters were reduced to silence by the time Derek Kavanagh's late point put Cork in firm control.
At least with the basketball there was a chance we would witness a group of Americans reduced to silence.
Without their work, humanity would be reduced to silence, and yet a large number are killed each year with almost total impunity." MADA Director General Mousa Rimawi paid tribute to Palestinian journalists who refuse to be silent and who continue to work in the face of threats and risks to their safety.
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