Word forms: plural, 3rd person singular present
, present participle pigeon-holing
, past tense, past participle pigeon-holed
To pigeon-hole someone or something means to decide that they belong to a particular class or category, often without considering all their qualities or characteristics.
[V n] ⇒ He felt they had pigeonholed him.
[be V-ed + as] ⇒ I don't want to be pigeonholed as a kids' presenter.
3. countable noun
If you put someone in a particular pigeon-hole, you decide that they belong in a particular category.
⇒ Because I had an unusual accent people were not able to put me into a pigeon-hole.
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