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bottle up (one's) feelings

To keep one's emotions totally private, without expressing or releasing them in any way. Usually used in reference to emotions that are particularly painful to feel or difficult to express, such as anger or grief. He needs to find an outlet for all that anger. If he keeps bottling up his feelings like that, he's going to explode some day. Please talk to me—don't just bottle up your feelings.
See also: bottle, feeling, up
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bottle up feelings, to

To hold one’s emotions under tight control. This metaphor for containing oneself dates from the mid-nineteenth century, although by the early 1600s the term “bottling up” had been transferred to containing things other than liquid in bottles (for example, “Vapours bottl’d up in cloudes,” T. Scott, 1622).
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