box in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] [often passive]
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.

See also main entry: box