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View synonyms for bottle up

bottle up

verb

  1. to restrain (powerful emotion)
  2. to keep (an army or other force) contained or trapped

    the French fleet was bottled up in Le Havre



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Idioms and Phrases

Repress, contain, hold back; also, confine or trap. For example, The psychiatrist said Eve had been bottling up her anger for years , or The accident bottled up traffic for miles . This idiom likens other kinds of restraint to liquid being contained in a bottle. [Mid-1800s]
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Example Sentences

They wanted to sink the Merrimac at a narrow point in the harbor, and bottle up the Spanish fleet beyond it.

So we cocked the bottle up on a rock and went back to the pirate-cave-entrance place to finish a game of smugglers.

We bottle up ourselves and defy the world's cork-screws—all save the Thoracic.

But the year has been a sobering one, and what used to flash, they bottle up.

Perfume with essence (otto) of roses; give a very pale pink hue with tincture of cochineal, filter and bottle up.

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Definitions and idiom definitions from Dictionary.com Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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