One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Inaccurately report what someone has said.
- ‘Well, there goes one journalist's attempt to put words into someone's mouth.’
- ‘Instead of putting words into the president's mouth in order to look smart, journalists ought to try looking up what he said.’
- ‘I've been critical of people or groups of people on my website, but in the case of non-public figures, I never named names or put words into their mouth.’
- ‘Police will not be able to put words into the detainee's mouth, but incriminating statements which appear on the tape will be difficult to deny.’
- 1.1 Prompt someone to say something that they may not otherwise have said.
- ‘In her last letter she asked her sister-in-law Elisabeth not to blame Louis-Charles and to remember how easy it is to put words into a child 's mouth.’
- ‘That's what… I mean, David, you don't put words into my mouth.’
- ‘I am sorry, I am not trying to put words into the member's mouth.’
- ‘I hate it when people put words into my mouth or when they imply something that I should do.’
- ‘I guess you could say that I sort of became a soldier of fortune, or something romantic like that but don't put words into my mouth, I didn't say ‘mercenary’.’
- ‘They'll temper that with the suggestion that the mother put words into the boy 's mouth to come up with this story.’
- ‘My colleague did not say that at any time during the many answers she gave to questions in this House, and that member should not put words into her mouth.’
- ‘Please don't put words into my mouth that I have not used.’
- ‘My apologies if I seemed to be putting words into your mouth.’
- ‘I didn't say that so don't go putting words into my mouth.’
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