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pent-up

[pent-uhp] /ˈpɛntˈʌp/
adjective
1.
confined; restrained; not vented or expressed; curbed:
pent-up emotions; pent-up rage.
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; adj. use of verb phrase pent up
Synonyms
repressed, suppressed, bottled-up.
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Examples for pent-up
  • But the process of filtering through the pent-up supply of potential is overwhelming.
  • However, if you do manage to break through the ice, there is much pent-up and sincere warmth to enjoy.
  • Along the way, they pummel each other verbally with their constant squabbling and dredge up several decades of pent-up grudges.
  • With no physical outlet for their pent-up energy, coaches occasionally seem more fired up than their players.
  • And then, in a terrific prodigality, the pent-up religious emotion burst forth.
  • There had to be pent-up demand out there for something better.
  • Maybe it's the appeal of the pent-up intellectual and entrepreneurial energy lurking in those countries.
  • But both are alike as safety valves for venting pent-up emotions enflamed by societies in frightening flux.
  • Finally, market studies do not show pent-up demand for live mobile video.
  • You'd be smart to point to historic pent-up demand for cars.
British Dictionary definitions for pent-up

pent-up

adjective (pent up when postpositive)
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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