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.
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stop someone's mouth

bribe or otherwise induce a person to keep silent about something.
See also: mouth, stop
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My favourites so far: Eskimos stop their mouths freezing by gritting their teeth.