By now the air in the room was awful, hanging with the smell of cordite, lit only by the muzzle flashes.
“The full veil is a walking coffin, a muzzle,” said one French male MP last week.
Suddenly, the darkness came alive with muzzle flashes and tracer rounds.
Paulson and Bernanke were wrong to muzzle Ken Lewis and effectively lie to the public.
Biden is such a straight shooter that pundits say he needs a muzzle.
The cock was down, the pan and muzzle were black with the smoke; it had been that instant fired.
And Yates, taking the weapon by the muzzle, tossed it as far as he could into the field.
The muzzle of his rifle wobbled more than ever when he tried to aim.
Five of our ships were engaged muzzle to muzzle with five of the French.
My new gun went off while I was fooling with it, with my hand over the muzzle.
late 14c., "device put over an animal's mouth to stop it from biting, eating, or rooting," from Old French musel "muzzle," also "snout, nose" (12c., Modern French museau), from muse "muzzle," from Gallo-Romance *musa "snout" (cf. Provençal mus, Old Spanish mus, Italian muso), of unknown origin, possibly related to Latin morsus "bite" (but OED finds "serious difficulties" with this). Meaning "projecting part of the head of an animal" is from early 15c. in English; sense of "open end of a firearm" first recorded 1560s.
"to put a muzzle on," early 15c., from muzzle (n.). Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Muzzled; muzzling.
Grain in the East is usually thrashed by the sheaves being spread out on a floor, over which oxen and cattle are driven to and fro, till the grain is trodden out. Moses ordained that the ox was not to be muzzled while thrashing. It was to be allowed to eat both the grain and the straw (Deut. 25:4). (See AGRICULTURE.)