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cabin fever

1. Acute anxiety, restlessness, irritability and/or depression from remaining for too long in an unstimulating and isolated or remote environment, either by oneself or with others (especially when in cramped conditions). We thought taking our family vacation in a tiny cottage out in the country would be a nice break from city life, but we all had pretty bad cabin fever after a few days.
2. Any feeling of boredom or restlessness from being in one place and/or by oneself for too long. I decided to stay home on Friday night, but after a few hours by myself, I started getting cabin fever.
See also: fever

cabin fever

Distress or anxiety caused by prolonged confinement in a small or remote place, as in We've been snowed in for a week and everyone has cabin fever. Originating in the West, this term at first alluded to being penned up in a remote cabin during a long winter but has since been applied more broadly. [Late 1800s]
See also: fever
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Clayton was at some distance from the cabin, having come to fell a particularly perfect tree for his building operations.
There was yet a slight chance of reaching the cabin.
Seizing a lantern and raising his claw with a menacing gesture, "I'll bring out that doodle-doo myself," he said, and sped into the cabin.
I ate and slept with the people, in their little cabins.
He glided out of the cabin with the letter in his hand.
It was no easy task, waiting on the cabin table, where sat Wolf Larsen, Johansen, and the six hunters.
Those in the cabin broke into the food lockers, and those above scrambled down and joined them in a feast on our crackers and canned goods.
I was sleeping with my cabin window open, and I was awoke by an awful splash in the water.
Accordingly, in the afternoon the captain came, and we found him the same courteous, obliging man that the boatswain had represented him to be; and he was so well pleased with my husband's conversation, that, in short, he would not let us keep the cabin we had chosen, but gave us one that, as I said before, opened into the great cabin.
When La Folle regained consciousness, she was at home again, in her own cabin and upon her own bed.
Close to the cabin the jungle commenced, and into it Tarzan of the Apes plunged, wary and noiseless--once more a savage beast hunting its food.
First I thought I'd copy France out of the guide-book, like old Badger in the for'rard cabin, who's writing a book, but there's more than three hundred pages of it.
Tarzan, on his part, lay in the darkness of his cell, ignorant of the fact that his wife was a prisoner in the cabin almost above his head.
We just wanted to know if there is any other cabin around here," he said, at the same time glancing over the unfurnished state of the room.
Once more he sought water, and after drinking deeply, took his way slowly toward the cabin by the sea.