pen in - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theypen in
he/she/itpens in
present participlepenning in
past tensepenned in
past participlepenned in
  1. 1
    same as pen2 (sense 2)

    We penned the sheep in for the night.

  2. 2
    to make it impossible for someone to get out of a place

    A van was parked behind me, penning me in.

  3. 3
    to make someone feel that they cannot escape from a situation
See also main entry: pen