1. phrasal verb
If you are boxed in, you are unable to move from a particular place because you are surrounded by other people or cars.
[be V-ed P] ⇒ Armstrong was boxed in with 300 metres to go.
[V n P] ⇒ The black cabs cut in front of them, trying to box them in.
2. phrasal verb → box If something boxes you in, it puts you in a situation where you have very little choice about what you can do.
[V n P] ⇒ Part of winning a mandate is having clear goals and not boxing yourself in.
[V P n] ⇒ We are not trying to box anybody in, we are trying to find a satisfactory way forward.
adjective [usually verb-link ADJECTIVE]
⇒ The Chancellor is boxed in by inflation targets and sterling.
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