pen in


: to prevent (someone or something) from moving beyond a particular area
The prisoners were penned in by a high fence.
often used figuratively
She felt penned in by their relationship.

Examples of pen in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jones was sitting across from her attorney with a pen in her hand when someone mentioned a nondisparagement clause. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 With my notepad and pen in hand, nothing was going to stop me from learning how to construct a profile — even my own fear. Claire Coffey, oregonlive, 18 July 2023 In addition, a rescue group sent West five wild mustangs from a kill pen in Colorado with three more on the way. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2023 The search happened on Sept. 7 after the girl’s friend asked her to put her vape pen in her locker. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 School officials ordered the search because officials at Eastlake Middle School believed the student had a nicotine vape pen in her locker. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 Your tween will thank you for that Tide pen in their backpack when their lunch accidentally dribbles down their tee. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 8 Aug. 2023 When it was founded with the stroke of a pen in a downtown Portland hotel 108 years ago, it was called the Pacific Coast Conference and then the Athletic Association of Western Universities. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 5 Aug. 2023 Comanche, a gleaming black draft horse mix, had been scheduled to ship out to Mexico in May from a pen in Bowie, Texas. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2023 See More

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“Pen in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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