un·​muz·​zle | \ ˌən-ˈmə-zəl How to pronounce unmuzzle (audio) \
unmuzzled; unmuzzling

Definition of unmuzzle

transitive verb

: to free from or as if from a muzzle

Examples of unmuzzle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Granted, in 2019 Mr Tshisekedi unmuzzled the media, allowed peaceful protests and released some 700 political prisoners. The Economist, "Not much to celebrate Félix Tshisekedi has accomplished little in Congo," 6 Feb. 2020 Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria — triggering a deadly Turkish invasion targeting the US’s erstwhile Syrian Kurdish allies — has unmuzzled GOP lawmakers in a manner seldom seen since Trump entered the White House. BostonGlobe.com, "No one was suggesting the GOP’s schism with Trump over Syria would soften the party’s opposition to tossing him out of office.," 17 Oct. 2019 Mr Moreno unmuzzled the press and stopped meddling in the judiciary. The Economist, "Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno tries to bury the legacy of his predecessor," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unmuzzle

circa 1585, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmuzzle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmuzzle. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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