Definition of box in phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

box in

 phrasal verb
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    box somebody/something in

     
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  1. 1 to prevent someone or something from being able to move by surrounding them with people, vehicles, etc. Someone parked behind us and boxed us in.
  2. 2 [usually passive] (of a situation) to prevent someone from doing what they want by creating unnecessary problems She felt boxed in by all their petty rules. Don't box yourself in when you are asked what salary you want.
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