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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Definitions for pigeonhole

  1. To lay aside for use or reference at some later, indefinite time.
  2. One of a series of small, open compartments, as in a desk,cabinet, or the like, used for filing or sorting papers, letters,etc.
  3. 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.” Enrique Vila-Mata, Dublinesque
Even his staunchest supporters didn't know where to pigeonhole him politically. Bruce Duffy, The World As I Found It
Origin of pigeonhole
1570-1580
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.