verb (used with object), pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing.
Origin of pigeonhole
Synonyms for pigeonhole
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Historical Examples of pigeon-hole
The Caucasian God was taken out of His pigeon-hole and publicly recognised.The Conquest of Fear
But the ways of men who could pigeon-hole a recommendation like that are difficult to understand.Policing the Plains
I declare, if that mouse didn't knock a letter out of the pigeon-hole!The Expressman and the Detective
Every pigeon-hole had been ransacked and the contents were piled up in a confused heap.The Green Rust
Now into what pigeon-hole of my brain did that go, and why do I suddenly remember it now?My Father as I Recall Him
also pigeonhole, 1570s, "a small recess for pigeons to nest in," from pigeon + hole (n.). Meaning "a compartment in a writing desk," etc. is from 1680s, based on resemblance. The verb is from 1840 literally; figurative sense of "label mentally" is from 1870.
[Y]ou will have an inspector after you with note-book and ink-horn, and you will be booked and pigeon-holed for further use when wanted. ["Civilisation--The Census," "Blackwood's Magazine," Oct. 1854]