stop (one's) mouth

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stop (one's) mouth

obsolete To keep someone from being able to speak, either physically or emotionally. I stopped his mouth with my finger, and told him to be silent for a moment. The bitter sadness stopped my mouth halfway through my speech, and I was unable to say another word for a full minute.
See also: mouth, stop

stop someone's mouth

bribe or otherwise induce a person to keep silent about something.
See also: mouth, stop
References in classic literature ?
Have you cords to bind him with and a gag to stop his mouth?'
'If he means to blab us among his new friends, we may stop his mouth yet.'
Mancunians not only told the assailant to stop his mouth, but physically put themselves between him and the young couple.