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English definition of “claustrophobic”


adjective     /ˌklɒs.trəˈfəʊ.bɪk/ US  /ˌklɑː.strəˈfoʊ-/
describes a place that is small and closed, and makes you feel uncomfortable when you are in it: My room's a bit claustrophobic.SmallExtremely small describes a person suffering from a fear of being in closed spacesFear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
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