bottle

1
[ bot-l ]
/ ˈbɒt l /

noun

verb (used with object), bot·tled, bot·tling.

to put into or seal in a bottle: to bottle grape juice.
British. to preserve (fruit or vegetables) by heating to a sufficient temperature and then sealing in a jar.

Verb Phrases

bottle up,
  1. to repress, control, or restrain: He kept all of his anger bottled up inside him.
  2. to enclose or entrap: Traffic was bottled up in the tunnel.

Idioms

    hit the bottle, Slang. to drink alcohol to excess often or habitually.

Origin of bottle

1
1325–75; Middle English botel < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)teille < Medieval Latin butticula, equivalent to Late Latin butti(s) butt4 + -cula -cule1

Related forms

bot·tle·like, adjectivewell-bot·tled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bottle up (1 of 3)

bottle up

verb (tr, adverb)

to restrain (powerful emotion)
to keep (an army or other force) contained or trappedthe French fleet was bottled up in Le Havre

British Dictionary definitions for bottle up (2 of 3)

bottle

1
/ (ˈbɒtəl) /

noun


verb (tr)

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botaille, from Medieval Latin butticula literally: a little cask, from Late Latin buttis cask, butt 4

British Dictionary definitions for bottle up (3 of 3)

bottle

2
/ (ˈbɒtəl) /

noun

dialect a bundle, esp of hay

Word Origin for bottle

C14: from Old French botel, from botte bundle, of Germanic origin
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Idioms and Phrases with bottle up (1 of 2)

bottle up

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]


Idioms and Phrases with bottle up (2 of 2)

bottle

In addition to the idiom beginning with bottle

  • bottle up

also see:

  • crack a bottle
  • hit the bottle

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