Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Definitions for pigeonhole
- To lay aside for use or reference at some later, indefinite time.
- One of a series of small, open compartments, as in a desk,cabinet, or the like, used for filing or sorting papers, letters,etc.
- In printing, white space created by setting words or lines too far apart.
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Citations for pigeonhole
“Mobility’s hard in Spain; people pigeonhole you for life in the box where they think you belong.”
Even his staunchest supporters didn't know where to pigeonhole him politically.
Origin of pigeonhole
Pigeonhole begins with the sense of a literal nesting place for the bird, then finds figurative usage in printing. The first use as a verb is recorded in 1854.