Synonyms for muzzle

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He whirled to receive the muzzle of a revolver in his stomach.

And Yates, taking the weapon by the muzzle, tossed it as far as he could into the field.

Five of our ships were engaged muzzle to muzzle with five of the French.

Suddenly he dropped the muzzle of the pistol and, pale as a sheet, turned to his second.

The gun was loaded, and filled nearly to the muzzle with slugs.

Also, a ferret's muzzle, and a twist of tarry string, still faintly aromatic.

Balta said, and Murray felt the muzzle of the neuro-pistol on his spinal column.

"It's you, Oscar," observes this Miss Bark, shiftin' the muzzle to him.

You don't carry a rifle with the muzzle pointing towards your left ear.

He walked up to the gun and peered into its muzzle with one eye.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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beak

nounnose of animal
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