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[uhn-muhz-uh l]
verb (used with object), un·muz·zled, un·muz·zling.
  1. to remove a muzzle from (a dog, cat, etc.).
  2. to free from restraint, as speech or expression.
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Origin of unmuzzle

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + muzzle
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Historical Examples of unmuzzled

  • Was the dog not at large, unmuzzled, on his the policeman's beat?

    Home Life in Germany

    Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick

  • The hell-hounds of war, on all sides, will be uncoupled and unmuzzled.

  • All unmuzzled dogs were ordered to be shot in the streets on sight.

  • Am I then to consider myself as unmuzzled, please your Grace?


    Sir Walter Scott

  • The world regards such a person as the police do an unmuzzled dog, not under proper control.

British Dictionary definitions for unmuzzled


verb (tr)
  1. to take the muzzle off (a dog, etc)
  2. to free from control or censorship
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Word Origin and History for unmuzzled


c.1600, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of muzzle (v.).

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