Definition of claustrophobia
- While recovering in the hospital, she recognizes the claustrophobia of her working-class life, shared with a suffocatingly affectionate mother and a dud of a dad.
- —Barbara Tritel
She doesn't go in elevators because of her claustrophobia.
the claustrophobia of small-town life
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: a fear of being in closed or small spaces
: an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or restricts you
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