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“dam sth up” in British English

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dam sth up

phrasal verb with dam uk /dæm/ us /dæm/ verb [ T ] -mm-

to build a dam across a river in order to store water

If you dam up your feelings, especially anger or sadness, you do not allow yourself to express or show your feelings in a healthy way.

(Definition of “dam sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)