put (someone) in a pigeonhole

Definition of put (someone) in a pigeonhole

  1. :  to unfairly think of or describe (someone or something) as belonging to a particular group, having only a particular skill, etc. He's a talented actor who doesn't want to be put in a pigeonhole.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (as a stock) or commodity (as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

pigeonholeplay
  1. :  a hole or small recess for pigeons to nest

    :  a small open compartment (as in a desk or cabinet) for keeping letters or documents

    :  a neat category which usually fails to reflect actual complexities

  1. :  to place in or as if in the pigeonhole of a desk

    :  to lay aside :  shelve

    :  to assign to an often restrictive category :  classify


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