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"pigeonhole" in British English

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pigeonholenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/  us   /-hoʊl/
one of a set of ​smallboxes, ​open at the ​front, in which ​letters and ​messages are ​left for different ​people: Leave the ​report in my pigeonhole when you've ​read it.

pigeonholeverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/  us   /-hoʊl/
usually disapproving to have an often ​unfairidea of what ​type someone or something is: He is a ​filmproducer who can't be ​conveniently pigeonholed. to put something away or ​leave it until a ​latertime: Consultants ​found the ​experiencefrustrating - ​theirreports were only ​partlyimplemented, or, ​worse still, just pigeonholed.
(Definition of pigeonhole from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pigeonhole" in American English

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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 ​gospelsinger.
(Definition of pigeonhole from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pigeonhole" in Business English

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pigeonholeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/
disapproving to ​form a ​fixed and often ​unfairidea of what someone or something is like: They say ​reviewers are pigeonholing their ​studies and making ​unfairjudgements 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 ​internetcompany. I was pigeonholed early in my ​career.

pigeonholenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɪdʒənhəʊl/
WORKPLACE one of a set of ​smallboxes along a ​wall in which ​mail, ​messages, etc. can be ​left: She ​left her ​businesscard 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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