pent-up

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pent +‎ up

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pent-up (comparative more pent-up, superlative most pent-up)

  1. not expressed
  2. repressed or suppressed, especially of emotions or impulses
    He punched his pillow and screamed at the top of his lungs about all the pent-up frustrations from the day.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Steven Gerrard goal against Poland ensures England will go to World Cup (in The Guardian, 15 October 2013)[1]
      t was that kind of night, full of anxiety and drama and plenty of danger, until, finally, Steven Gerrard made sure all the pent-up emotion could be released.

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