coop up

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coop up

To restrict someone or something to a particular, usually small, space for a length of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "coop" and "up." Just let the dogs run in the yard—they've been cooped up all day. After that snowstorm cooped us up for days, we were thrilled to leave the house again.
See also: coop, up

coop someone or something up

to confine someone or something in a small place. Don't coop me up. I can't stand small places. We had to coop up the dogs for a while.
See also: coop, up
References in classic literature ?
how can she think of spending her life there, cooped up with that nasty old man; and no hope of change?
But he doesn't fancy being cooped up in the McDiarmid Park gym with Anderson - who has a reputation as Perth's answer to Victor Meldrew - when his fellow stopper reappears after his surgery on a fractured eye socket.
Compared with the 14 hours and 48 minutes a day in January that people spend cooped up during the summer months, they spend just ten hours and five minutes at home and couples have just 16 arguments.
The lack of sunlight can make us feel lethargic and depressed, and the lack of exercise and the fact that we are cooped up in a stuffy, centrally-heated house can make us feel edgy, irritable and stressed.
But unlike the other two couples, Robert and Anne are not cooped up, but in her back yard under the blue sky.
Superfit Charles Bronson - regarded as so dangerous that he is kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day - says he is a fitness expert even though he is cooped up all day.