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phrasal verb [transitive] [often passive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theybox in
he/she/itboxes in
present participleboxing in
past tenseboxed in
past participleboxed in

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 1
    to surround a person or vehicle, so that they cannot move or leave a place

    I was boxed in until the other driver came back.

  2. 2
    to limit someone's freedom to choose what to do

    If they promise big tax cuts, they could be boxing themselves in.

This is the British English definition of box in. View American English definition of box in