coop up

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coop up (third-person singular simple present coops up, present participle cooping up, simple past and past participle cooped up)

  1. To confine in a restricted place or situation
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter IV
      We ran for the better part of a mile without hearing anything more from the direction of the harbor, and then I reduced the speed to a walk, for the exercise was telling on us who had been cooped up for so long in the confined interior of the U-33. Puffing and panting, we plodded on until within about a mile of the harbor we came upon a sight that brought us all up standing.