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pigeonhole

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/  us   /-hoʊl/
one of a set of small boxes, 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.

pigeonhole

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɪdʒ.ən.həʊl/  us   /-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.
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