to bottle up

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - bottle up

"to bottle up"

to repress, contain, or hold back;

to confine or trap


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - bottle up

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why don't you speak up during the meetings? You obviously have views to express.

Colleague 2:  I don't want to be seen as contradicting the boss.

Colleague 1:  Healthy debate is good for everyone. It gets ideas and issues out in the open and everything improves as a result.

Colleague 2:  I understand all that but openly opposing the boss is too much for me.

Colleague 1:  If you keep bottling up your ideas and emotions, eventually you will not be able to contain them and you will have an outburst with, perhaps, disastrous consequences.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bottle up

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  You are very late getting home.

Husband:  Traffic was terrible.

Wife:  What happened?

Husband:  There was a huge accident involving thirteen cars on the freeway. With all the rescue and police vehicles, traffic was bottled up for kilometers in every direction. Nothing was moving and there was simply no way to get around the jam.

to bottle up - Usage:


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to bottle up - Gerund Form:

Bottling up your anger will only result in a exaggerated display of emotion later when released.

to bottle up - Examples:

1)  Most of these issues boil over to such an extreme extent because these students bottle up their frustrations, rage and all other negativity as they have no avenue to ...

2)  ... and urges her not to bottle up her feelings over the loss of her father.

3)  We're going to make sure this doesn't bottle up research.

4)  I'm not saying bottle up your emotions, but it's draining for anyone to hear constant complaining.

5)  Don't stop talking. Talk about everything and never bottle up your emotions and feelings. Communication is vital in a marriage and you need ...

6)  Rather than discuss their emotions, Tamaki said men tend to bottle up their problems out of fear they will be ridiculed, leading to low self-esteem.

7)  Often they bottle up issues they face within them and the results being random outbursts, outrages, ...

8)  In his experience they bottle up their feelings because they don't want to upset their families, ...

9)  But avoiding contention only lets emotions bottle up. You end up harboring resentment towards your spouse instead of confronting the issue.

10)  ... or an inability to express emotions, when it comes to mental health, men bottle up their feelings far more than women.

11)  They did an impressive job that night of bottling up McDavid, limiting the NHL's current scoring leader to just two shots on ...

12)  I felt instantly better for getting it out in the open, after months of bottling up all those feelings.

13)  ... they were angrier with me for not trusting them enough to talk to them and bottling up so much inside. I felt a lot of relief telling them.

14)  ... adding that she hopes this gathering allows those who may be bottling up the pain to let it out.

15)  Simon has always been quiet, and introverted, bottling up his emotions, ...

16)  ... two men guarding the fence and two within the circle in that arc. This bottled up what would otherwise have been a superb scoring rate.

17)  ... like the rest of modern society -- expressing what they felt instead of keeping it bottled up, using the tools of personalised new media to instantly address the world beyond ...

18)  With the polar vortex retreating to the arctic, the coldest air will remain bottled up in the far north, allowing milder air to take hold for at least ...

19)  His images reveal bottled up desire, the ache of missed opportunities and prove that whether we are alone.

20)  Yet the same defence that bottled up the Steelers for the better part of three quarters suddenly found itself reeling. ...