huis clos

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French[edit]

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Phrase[edit]

huis clos

  1. (literally obsolete) closed door
  2. An enclosed space such as a room or cell
  3. (figuratively) a work of fiction (film, novel, etc.) in which the action is set in an enclosed space
  4. (by extension) a genre in fiction where dramatic tension is derived from the action being set in an enclosed space

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