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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
  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.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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