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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theycrowd in on
he/she/itcrowds in on
present participlecrowding in on
past tensecrowded in on
past participlecrowded in on
  1. 1
    crowd in on someone if a group of people crowd in on someone, they move close to them and then surround them

    Some youths he didn’t know began crowding in on him.

  2. 2
    crowd in on someone if things such as thoughts or memories crowd in on you, they seem to threaten you and make you feel upset

    Everything was crowding in on me and I felt that I couldn’t cope.

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

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