pen someone up/in


pen someone up/in
confine someone in a restricted space.
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English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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  • pen in/up — [phrasal verb] pen (someone or something) in/up : to put or keep (a person or animal) in an enclosed area : to prevent (someone or something) from moving beyond a particular area usually used as (be) penned in/up Several dogs were penned up… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pen — pen1 noun 1》 an instrument for writing or drawing with ink, typically consisting of a metal nib or ball, or a nylon tip, fitted into a metal or plastic holder.     ↘(the pen) writing as an occupation.     ↘an electronic device used in conjunction …   English new terms dictionary

  • Pen pal — Pen pals (or penpals or pen friends) are people who regularly write to each other, particularly via postal mail.PurposesA penpal relationship is often used to practice reading and writing in a foreign language, to improve literacy, to learn more… …   Wikipedia

  • pen pusher — ˈpen ˌpusher noun [countable] someone who has a boring and unimportant job in an office; = pencil pusher AmE * * * pen pusher UK US noun [C] UK (US pencil pusher) ► DISAPPROVING someone who has an office job that is not very interesting or… …   Financial and business terms

  • pen friend — pen|friend [ˈpenfrend] n BrE someone you write friendly letters to, especially someone in another country who you have never met = ↑pen pal …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pen — Ⅰ. pen [1] ► NOUN 1) an instrument for writing or drawing with ink. 2) an electronic device used with a writing surface to enter commands into a computer. 3) the tapering internal shell of a squid. ► VERB (penned, penning) …   English terms dictionary

  • pen friend — or pen pal noun An otherwise unknown person (usu abroad) with whom one corresponds • • • Main Entry: ↑pen * * * pen friend UK US noun [countable] [singular pen friend …   Useful english dictionary

  • pen pal — n someone you make friends with by writing letters, especially someone who lives in another country and who you have never met British Equivalent: pen friend …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pen pal — pen pals also pen pal N COUNT A pen pal is someone you write friendly letters to and receive letters from, although the two of you may never have met. Syn: pen friend …   English dictionary

  • pen-friend — pen friends also penfriend N COUNT A pen friend is someone you write friendly letters to and receive letters from, although the two of you may never have met. [BRIT] Syn: pen pal (in AM, use pen pal) …   English dictionary