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[pent-uhp] /ˈpɛntˈʌp/
confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed:
pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.
Origin of pent-up
First recorded in 1705-15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up
repressed, suppressed, bottled-up. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It seemed a relief to the pent-up feelings to sing at the top of the voice.

  • Mercy had heard all, and her pent-up grief broke out in sobs.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Then, left alone with her pent-up emotions, she no longer resisted them.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • He smiled knowingly at her, and Marion loosed some of her pent-up laughter.

    The Heart of Thunder Mountain Edfrid A. Bingham
  • He would like to have had a few at that moment as a relief to his pent-up emotions.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for pent-up


adjective (pent up when postpositive)
not released; repressed: pent-up emotions
kept unwillingly: I've been pent up in this office for over a year
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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