bottle up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theybottle up
he/she/itbottles up
present participlebottling up
past tensebottled up
past participlebottled up
  1. to stop yourself from showing negative emotions like anger and disappointment, especially over a long period, so that these feelings develop in a harmful way

    private resentments that she had bottled up for ten years

See also main entry: bottle