- one of a series of small, open compartments, as in a desk, cabinet, or the like, used for filing or sorting papers, letters, etc.
- a hole or recess, or one of a series of recesses, for pigeons to nest in.
- Also called pigeon hole, white hole. Printing. white space created by setting words or lines too far apart.
- to assign to a definite place or to definite places in some orderly system: to pigeonhole new ideas.
- to lay aside for use or reference at some later, indefinite time: We must pigeonhole this excellent plan until the time is ripe.
- to put aside for the present, especially with the intention of ignoring or forgetting, often indefinitely: to pigeonhole an unwanted invitation.
- to place in or as if in a pigeonhole or pigeonholes: to pigeonhole papers.
- to fit or provide with pigeonholes: The desk must be pigeonholed for all my papers.
Origin of pigeonhole
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Examples from the Web for pigeonhole
Did you every feel like Hollywood was trying to pigeonhole you as the token “hot” woman?Alice Eve, the Beautiful New Trekkie, Talks ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’
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In high school especially, kids often pigeonhole each other to make themselves feel better about their own differences.Glee's Harmful Simplicity
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In any trial, he would be hard to pigeonhole and harder to control.Maybe We Shouldn't Try KSM
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He said coolly to the official who aroused him, 'Go to pigeonhole No.How to Succeed
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And reaching behind him into a pigeonhole he extracted an envelope, which he passed to me.Desert Dust
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He belongs to no class, evades the label, and fits into no pigeonhole.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13
I could make a square or pigeonhole corner or lay out a brick footing.One Way Out
But he went to his desk, and drew a long sheet of paper from a pigeonhole.The Crisis, Complete
- a small compartment for papers, letters, etc, as in a bureau
- a hole or recess in a dovecote for pigeons to nest in
- informal a category or classification
- to put aside or defer
- to classify or categorize, esp in a rigid manner
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