Mouth, Open and Shut

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Mouth, Open and Shut

 
  1. Closed her mouth like a trap —Julia O’Faolain
  2. Mouth comes open like a fish for air —Robert Penn Warren
  3. Mouth slightly open, like an idiot’s —D. H. Lawrence
  4. (Uncle Harry’s) mouth dropped open, as if either in the beginning of prayer or protest —H. E. Bates
  5. Mouth gagged open … as if the day had stuck in his throat —William Mcllvanney
  6. Mouth hanging open like a stove lid —Charles Johnson
  7. Mouth … open, black and wide as an attic —Louise Erdrich
  8. Mouth opened like a dark hole —Jerry Bumpus
  9. Mouth opened like a folding bed —Anon
  10. Mouth round and open like a small empty cave —William Faulkner
  11. Mouths came open like full moons —Will Weaver
  12. (His huge brow furrowed, his gray eyes closed down to slits, his) mouth shut like a car door being slammed —Jonathan Valin
  13. Mouth … slightly open, as though it froze in the middle of an unspellable word —Louise Erdrich
  14. (Don’t sit there with your) mouth sprung open like a busted letter box —William Alfred
  15. Opened and closed her narrow lips once or twice, like some beached shellfish gasping for the tide —Edith Wharton
  16. Opening his mouth in a kind of snarling grimace, quite without ferocity, like an old lion in a cage —Christopher Isherwood
  17. Small mouth hung open birdlike (as she sang) —MacDonald Harris
  18. Mouth shut abruptly, like a puppet’s —Jonathan Valin
  19. Yawned like a menagerie lion —Gelett Burgess
  20. A yawn like an unobtrusive earthquake —G. K. Chesterton
References in classic literature ?
It was sent home with shut mouth in silence, and there was no need of a second.
You see I'm a stickler for routine and the parentals' continued attempts to introduce new elements to my diet are more often than not met with a slammed shut mouth and/or my right arm's uncanny impression of a y swatter.
He's telling them that a shut mouth is their "survival tool," that "this is not a place where we want information.