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 for To stop the mouth
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mouth \Mouth\ (mouth), n.; pl. Mouths (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth,
     mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth],
     G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth.
     mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil
     mouth, muzzle, G. maul, OHG. m[=u]la, Icel. m[=u]li, and Skr.
     mukha mouth.]
     1. The opening through which an animal receives food; the
        aperture between the jaws or between the lips; also, the
        cavity, containing the tongue and teeth, between the lips
        and the pharynx; the buccal cavity.
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     2. Hence: An opening affording entrance or exit; orifice;
        aperture; as:
        (a) The opening of a vessel by which it is filled or
            emptied, charged or discharged; as, the mouth of a jar
            or pitcher; the mouth of the lacteal vessels, etc.
        (b) The opening or entrance of any cavity, as a cave, pit,
            well, or den.
        (c) The opening of a piece of ordnance, through which it
            is discharged.
        (d) The opening through which the waters of a river or any
            stream are discharged.
        (e) The entrance into a harbor.
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     3. (Saddlery) The crosspiece of a bridle bit, which enters
        the mouth of an animal.
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     4. A principal speaker; one who utters the common opinion; a
        mouthpiece.
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              Every coffeehouse has some particular statesman
              belonging to it, who is the mouth of the street
              where he lives.                       --Addison.
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     5. Cry; voice. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     6. Speech; language; testimony.
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              That in the mouth of two or three witnesses every
              word may be established.              --Matt. xviii.
                                                    16.
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     7. A wry face; a grimace; a mow.
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              Counterfeit sad looks,
              Make mouths upon me when I turn my back. --Shak.
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     Down at the mouth or Down in the mouth, chapfallen; of
        dejected countenance; depressed; discouraged. [Obs. or
        Colloq.]
  
     Mouth friend, one who professes friendship insincerely.
        --Shak.
  
     Mouth glass, a small mirror for inspecting the mouth or
        teeth.
  
     Mouth honor, honor given in words, but not felt. --Shak.
  
     Mouth organ. (Mus.)
        (a) Pan's pipes. See Pandean.
        (b) An harmonicon.
  
     Mouth pipe, an organ pipe with a lip or plate to cut the
        escaping air and make a sound.
  
     To stop the mouth, to silence or be silent; to put to
        shame; to confound.
  
     To put one's foot in one's mouth, to say something which
        causes one embarrassment.
  
     To run off at the mouth, to speak excessively.
  
     To talk out of both sides of one's mouth, to say things
        which are contradictory.
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              The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
                                                    --Ps. lxiii.
                                                    11.
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              Whose mouths must be stopped.         --Titus i. 11.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stop \Stop\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stopped; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Stopping.] [OE. stoppen, AS. stoppian (in comp.); akin to
     LG. & D. stoppen, G. stopfen, Icel. stoppa, Sw. stoppa, Dan.
     stoppe; all probably fr. LL. stopare, stupare, fr. L. stuppa
     the coarse part of flax, tow, oakum. Cf. Estop, Stuff,
     Stupe a fomentation.]
     1. To close, as an aperture, by filling or by obstructing;
        as, to stop the ears; hence, to stanch, as a wound.
        --Shak.
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     2. To obstruct; to render impassable; as, to stop a way,
        road, or passage.
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     3. To arrest the progress of; to hinder; to impede; to shut
        in; as, to stop a traveler; to stop the course of a
        stream, or a flow of blood.
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     4. To hinder from acting or moving; to prevent the effect or
        efficiency of; to cause to cease; to repress; to restrain;
        to suppress; to interrupt; to suspend; as, to stop the
        execution of a decree, the progress of vice, the
        approaches of old age or infirmity.
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              Whose disposition all the world well knows
              Will not be rubbed nor stopped.       --Shak.
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     5. (Mus.) To regulate the sounds of, as musical strings, by
        pressing them against the finger board with the finger, or
        by shortening in any way the vibrating part.
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     6. To point, as a composition; to punctuate. [R.]
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              If his sentences were properly stopped. --Landor.
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     7. (Naut.) To make fast; to stopper.
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     Syn: To obstruct; hinder; impede; repress; suppress;
          restrain; discontinue; delay; interrupt.
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     To stop off (Founding), to fill (a part of a mold) with
        sand, where a part of the cavity left by the pattern is
        not wanted for the casting.
  
     To stop the mouth. See under Mouth.
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