pent-up

[pent-uhp]
adjective
confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed: pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.

Origin:
1705–15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up


repressed, suppressed, bottled-up.
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pent-up
 
adj
1.  not released; repressed: pent-up emotions
2.  kept unwillingly: I've been pent up in this office for over a year

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Example sentences
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.
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