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confine (someone or something) to (someone or something)

1. To restrict a person or animal to a particular place or area. Don't worry, the baby is confined to her playpen right now. Maddy is scared of dogs, so we need to confine Fido to the back yard.
2. To restrict something to a particular person or thing; to limit the scope of something. We need to confine our investigation to the area around the park for now. Please confine your requests to the essentials, so as to not overwhelm the staff.
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confine (someone or something) within (something)

To restrict a person or animal to a particular place or area. Don't worry, I confined the baby within her playpen. Maddy is scared of dogs, so we need to confine Fido within the back yard.
See also: confine, within
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confine someone or an animal to something

to limit someone or an animal to a particular place; to imprison someone or an animal in a particular place. Would you please confine the dog to the basement? She confined herself to the small room for over a year because of her fear of crowds.
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confine (someone or an animal) within something

to contain someone or an animal within something. We were unable to confine the dog within the yard. Could you confine all your car-repair mess within the garage?
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confine something to someone or something

to limit something or the doing of something to a person or a thing. Please try to confine your comments to John. Can we confine tonight's discussion to the agenda?
See also: confine, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Under the same conditions, the impact of the sandstone under conventional confining pressure was also tested.
(4) As the injection pressure changed, the confining pressure was held constant at 20 MPa.
Yield strength of transverse steel measures the upper limit of the confining pressure applied to the concrete of column core.
So the reduced confining pressure in a square section due to the concentration of stresses at the corners is solved by using a square section with circular corners.
Kobayashi was previously convicted in 2003 and given a three-year prison term, suspended for five years with probationary supervision, for confining and injuring a woman in her 20s in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, in September 2001.
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was incompatible with the economic goals of colonialism," a policy of "financial restraint was justified by the goal of preserving the African way of life." Before the 1930s, officials argued that to reform the rudimentary system of confining dangerous lunatics would impose European standards on native customs.
Every single correctional administrator with whom I have discussed this issue has privately acknowledged that kids should not be confined in adult correctional facilities -- in other words, that confining them in such facilities is an unsound correctional practice.
But confining terrorism to nonstate actors also created a problem, one which was amplified following the demise of the Cold War.
For each group, 3 samples were used, and the confining pressure was set to 200 kPa, 400 kPa, and 800 kPa, respectively.
Yasuyoshi Kobayashi, who was indicted a day earlier on a charge of confining a 19-year-old woman for more than three months, has denied bringing the 23-year-old woman to his apartment or keeping her in captivity, the police said.
While both Haney and Grassian advocate confining mentally ill offenders in hospitals or, at least, in prisons with specially designed mental,health units, both recognize that this is not about to happen soon.
Confining polarized photons to a microscopic "tube" in the shape of a ring can squeeze the light into a laser beam.