pigeonholing


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pi·geon·hole

 (pĭj′ən-hōl′)
n.
1. A small compartment or recess, as in a desk, for holding papers; a cubbyhole.
2. A specific, often oversimplified category.
3. The small hole or holes in a pigeon loft for nesting.
tr.v. pi·geon·holed, pi·geon·hol·ing, pi·geon·holes
1. To place or file in a small compartment or recess.
2. To classify mentally; categorize.
3. To put aside and ignore; shelve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pigeonholing - a system for classifying things into groups
classification system - a system for classifying things
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