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    Hi
    Could you tell me what the meaning of gagging order is here? "an official order not to discuss something, especially a legal case" It was the definition I found in CALD. However, here it doesn't make sense.
    1. Itís not the fear of the fist, or the knife I hate. Itís the gagging order. Express an opinion, call for some manners and you risk a smack in the mouth.

    (The text is about dealing with the yobs on the bus)

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    The speaker says that he does not hate the fear of violence (the fist/knife) but the implied restriction (the gagging order) on criticising the behaviour of yobs - because it will lead to violence. It doesn't make real sense to me.
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    Default Re: gagging order

    I sort of understand what he means. Rather than hating the violence which might ensue, he hates the fact that he feels unable to speak his mind for fear of reprisals, whatever those reprisals might be.

    In the same way, a whistleblower might not hate the idea of being unemployed or having to find a new job but he probably hates the fact that he can't bring people's attention to deficiencies in his organisation without the threat of being fired. (Note that not all whistleblowers are male.)
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    Default Re: gagging order

    It's just "gag order" in AmE.

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