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cage (someone or something) in

To trap or enclose one in a particular space or area. We're getting new floors put in downstairs, so we're all caged in upstairs right now. Be sure to close the gate and cage the dog in the back yard.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

cage someone or something in

1. Lit. to enclose someone or something in a cage. We caged the monkey in, but it threw a fit. We are going to have to cage in the dogs.
2. Fig. to confine someone or something. Please don't cage me in this tiny room! The health authorities virtually caged in the quarantined population until they could all be tested.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Peter Yates discussed Cage in conjunction with music and theater, electronic and computer music.
(74) Stefan Schadler and Walter Zimmermann produced an extensive program book for what was to have been an eightieth birthday celebration for Cage in Frankfurt.
(91) On YouTube one may find historic video or film clips of Cage in performance, as well as numerous interpretations of his work by countless performers.
Additionally, she places Cage in the context of the mid-twentieth-century abstract expressionist art world, psychoanalysis, and the social theory of Foucault arid the constructs of "discourse," "perfor"nativity," and "symbolic investiture." Her article carefully identifies key moments in Cage's biography as moments of "symbolic investiture"; this causes Perloff to complain in the aforementioned review that Robinson implies throughout "that the apparently gentle Cage was on an extended power trip."
In the volume, Nicholls successfully places the works of Cage in their cultural context, taking into account his colorful life history as well as diverse intellectual explorations.
In 1942 Cage along with his wife Xenia moved from Chicago to New York, and Nicholls documents the impact of the new environment and the influence of Eastern philosophies upon Cage in the following chapter.
Retallack is named as editor of the book, but her more important task is indicated on the cover and concerns the issue of authorship: "John Cage in conversation with Joan Retallack." Cage gave a great many interviews during the course of his long life (1912-1992) - so many that Richard Kostelanetz was able to collect them into a book-length work (Conversing with Cage [New York: Limelight Editions, 1988]).