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pen up

To imprison or confine someone or an animal inside of a pen or a similarly small, restricted space. We pen these convicts up with other criminals for years at a time, and you expect them all to become reformed citizens as a result? The man had penned up dozens of wild animals in a disused corner of his company's warehouse.
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pen (someone or an animal) up

to confine someone to a confined space or an animal to a pen. He said he didn't want them to pen him up in an office all day. They penned up the dog during the day.
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NEIGHBOUR Mrs McAleese at opening yesterday WATER DIFFERENCE New enclosure is inspired by the rainforest CHILD'S PLAY Six-month-old Kituba explores the pen SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Lena keeps an eye on Kituba HOP TOIT Alfie and Lena MUM'S THEWORD Mayani and newborn SLICE OF LIFE Alfie breaks for lunch TENDER Arrival is in good hands