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pigeonholenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/ us   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.hoʊl/

pigeonholeverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/ us   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.hoʊl/
usually disapproving to have an often unfair idea of what type someone or something is: He is a film producer who can't be conveniently pigeonholed.
to put something away or leave it until a later time: Consultants found the experience frustrating - their reports were only partly implemented, or, worse still, just pigeonholed.
(Definition of pigeonhole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pigeonholeverb [T]

us   /ˈpɪdʒ·ənˌhoʊl/
to put someone or something into a group or type, often unfairly: He’s was pigeonholed early on in his career as a gospel singer.
(Definition of pigeonhole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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pigeonholeverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/ us  
disapproving to form a fixed and often unfair idea of what someone or something is like: They say reviewers are pigeonholing their studies and making unfair judgements about potentially useful research.be pigeonholed as sth We decided to drop the .com in our name because we didn't want to be pigeonholed as an internet company. I was pigeonholed early in my career.

pigeonholenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/ us  
WORKPLACE one of a set of small boxes along a wall in which mail, messages, etc. can be left: She left her business card in my pigeonhole.
disapproving a particular group of similar things that people or things are put into: put sb/sth in a pigeonhole My boss put me in a pigeonhole, so I was never considered for work in other departments.
(Definition of pigeonhole from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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