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Told jokes with one's mouth covered? (6)

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I believe the answer is:

gagged

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'told' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both to do with communicating as well as being past participle verbs.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

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(Other definitions for gagged that I've seen before include "Silenced" , "Muffled or retched" , "Not allowed to speak out" , "Struggled for breath or prevented from speaking out" .)

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