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pigeonhole

[ pij-uhn-hohl ]
/ ˈpɪdʒ ənˌhoʊl /
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noun

verb (used with object), pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing.

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Origin of pigeonhole

First recorded in 1570–80; pigeon1 + hole
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British Dictionary definitions for pigeonhole

pigeonhole
/ (ˈpɪdʒɪnˌhəʊl) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

to put aside or defer
to classify or categorize, esp in a rigid manner
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