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"When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking."
Abby, Primeval

Bob is either already talking or about to say something, but Alice wants to playfully silence him. So what does she do? Why, put the finger muzzle over his mouth of course!

Like a regular muzzle prevents dogs from opening their mouths, the Finger Muzzle prevents another person from opening his/her mouth by placing a finger over his/her mouth. It's used by both men and women, but more often than not, it's an intimate gesture. Sometimes, a kiss will follow the gesture, or an Indirect Kiss by touching the finger to their own lips. Or it will just be a means for a character to act flirtatious.

Not to be confused with Finger on Lips or Finger Gun. Related to the "Shut Up" Kiss and Hand Gagging. Compare Finger in a Barrel.



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  • In the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Days Of Auld Lang Smurf", the Imaginarium version of Papa Smurf's wife does this to him when they're alone with each other.

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  • In Tales of MU, Amaranth does this to Mackenzie regularly. Unfortunately, she is prone to doing this when Mackenzie is trying to tell her something important, which leads to several serious situations that would have been easily prevented had she just let Mac speak.

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  • Ally McBeal: Larry Paul shushes Ally with his index finger when she thinks he's going to break up with her because his ex wants him back and they have a kid together. Nah, we knew that Ally is his number one girl.
  • Batwoman (2019). In the pilot episode, Kate Kane as the title character pulls a dramatic falling rescue of her ex-girlfriend Sophie Moore that ends with them crashing through a roof onto a bed with their faces really close to each other. When Sophie expresses shock that the 'Batman' isn't a man, Kate hushes her with this trope. Kate uses the trope on Sophie again in a later episode when she's not wearing the batsuit, further fueling Sophie's suspicion that they're the same person.
  • Blake's 7. In "Sand", Tarrant and Servalan are trapped on a Death World together, have Sex for Solace and forgo a mutual opportunity to kill each other. At the end of the episode, Tarrant is about to teleport up and starts to say something to her, but she silences him with this trope before he vanishes under her fingers.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Towards the end of "Surprise" Buffy and Angel start kissing passionately, and Angel makes a half-hearted attempt to forestall the inevitable.
    Angel: Maybe we shouldn't--
    Buffy: Don't. (finger on lips) Just kiss me.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "Fear Her": The Doctor makes a group of arguing people do this to themselves to get them to shut up.
    • The Eleventh Doctor can enforce this with his Psychic Powers, though he notes it only works on less intelligent lifeforms (which, admittedly, from his perspective is almost everyone), and It Only Works Once for each individual.
  • Game of Thrones: Margaery Tyrell does this to her husband Renly Baratheon; he's quoting philosophy, but she wants him to shut up and focus on consummating their marriage.
  • Subverted in Primeval when Abby puts her finger on Connor's lips in episode 5.5, he keeps talking.
    Abby: When I put my finger on your lips it means you stop talking.
    Connor: Sorry.

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  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: Lydia covers her sister Jane's lips with a finger when Jane doesn't go along with Lydia's improvisation in episode 20 "Enjoy the Adorbs".
  • When Bennett the Sage is reviewing Battle Angel on Anime Abandon, his character Suave starts cracking bad jokes, only for Sage to reach up and do this to Suave...from his chair, across the room.
    Suave: [Beat] have a very long arm.
  • A favorite Running Gag of the Game Grumps, in games which involve a cursor shaped like a pointing hand, is to move it over a character's face or mouth and coo out a soft "Shhhhhh..."

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