put (someone) in a pigeonhole

Definition of put (someone) in a pigeonhole

: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

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

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

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

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

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

  3. : a neat category which usually fails to reflect actual complexities

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

  2. : to lay aside : shelve

  3. : to assign to an often restrictive category : classify


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