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  1. confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed: pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.
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Origin of pent-up

First recorded in 1705–15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up


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repressed, suppressed, bottled-up.
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adjective (pent up when postpositive)
  1. not released; repressedpent-up emotions
  2. kept unwillinglyI've been pent up in this office for over a year
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