enclose (someone or something) (with)in (something)

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enclose (someone or something) (with)in (something)

To put something around someone or something to hold or restrain it. My mother enclosed my medal in glass so that it wouldn't get scratched. If you let the dogs go outside alone, make sure to enclose them within the fenced part of the yard.
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enclose someone or something (with)in something

to contain someone, something, or some space inside of something. The police enclosed the people in a safe area while the accident was being cleaned up. The farmer enclosed the pig within a new pen.
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Borders and barriers, which enclose us within the safety of familiar territory, can also become prisons, and are often defended beyond reason or necessity.
Borders and barriers that enclose us within the safety of familiar territory can also become prisons, and are often defended by reason or necessity.
Only by repeating the book can we avoid its potential dead end: "The return to the book does not enclose us within the book" (Derrida, Writing 294).