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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"This campaign of denigration and physical or moral attack seems aimed at suppressing or reducing to silence anyone capable of expressing themselves freely in future elections," said the bishops.