Definition of box in phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

box in

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    box somebody in

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    box something in

     
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  1. 1to prevent somebody/something from being able to move by surrounding them with people, vehicles, etc. Someone had parked behind us and boxed us in.
  2. 2[usually passive] (of a situation) to prevent somebody from doing what they want by creating unnecessary problems She felt boxed in by all their petty rules.
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