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put words in someone's mouth

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Tell what someone should say, as in Give Janey a chance to answer my question; don't put words in her mouth. This graphic term appeared in the Bible (II Samuel 14:3): “So Joab put words in her mouth.” Also see take the words out of one's mouth.

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