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pen in

1. To contain or confine someone or something in a pen or something that functions like a pen. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pen" and "in." I managed to pen in the piglets before they got away. Just make sure the kids are penned in out back and let them play amongst themselves.
2. To make time for someone or something in one's schedule or calendar. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pen" and "in." I don't have any open appointment slots today, but I should be able to pen you in for Tuesday. Let's pen in a follow-up meeting for next month.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pen (someone or an animal) in (some place)

to confine someone or an animal in a pen. We penned all the kids in out in the backyard while we got the party things ready in the house. We had to pen in the kids to keep them away from the traffic. Alice penned her dog in.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pen in

v.
To confine someone or something in or as if in a pen: The farmer penned the pigs in for the night. If you don't pen in the chickens, the wolves will get them.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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