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[pent-uhp] /ˈpɛntˈʌp/
confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed:
pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.
Origin of pent-up
1705-15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up
repressed, suppressed, bottled-up. Unabridged
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  • Or put it another way, one was immediately impressed by the rushing flow of ideas, burst as from a pent up dam.
  • The inward ardor of my soul seemed to be hindered and pent up, and could not freely flame out as it would.
  • And it would unleash pent up investment to grow the economy.
  • The recession and slow recovery also seem to have created a lot of pent up demand.
  • Therefore the objections the student body had were stifled emotions were pent up.
British Dictionary definitions for pent up


adjective (pent up when postpositive)
not released; repressed: pent-up emotions
kept unwillingly: I've been pent up in this office for over a year
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