muzzle

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muzzle

1. the projecting part of the face, usually the jaws and nose, of animals such as the dog and horse
2. a guard or strap fitted over an animal's nose and jaws to prevent it biting or eating

muzzle

[′məz·əl]
(ordnance)
The end of the barrel of a gun from which the bullet or projectile emerges.
(vertebrate zoology)
The snout of an animal, as a dog or horse.
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AM very surprised that you printed such a ridiculous letter about muzzling cats as all animals have natural instincts, for example dogs kill cats and cats kill mice.
The ballot measure to extend term limits, the skirting and denying the ethics commission any comments and their muzzling of public discussion at council meetings are mere samples of their blatant disregard of the people.
GEORGE Galloway's aides last night accused Channel 4 of muzzling the MP over his views on the Iraq war.
Failte Ireland is effectively muzzling elected representatives and we will not stand quietly by and allow this.
But if muzzling does save coursing, why not fox hunting, or indeed any other form of hunting?