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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of coop up.


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  • The weather has kept us cooped up here for the best part of a week and has plunged us both into the dismals.


  • Sharpe, tired of being cooped up in the stinking 'tweendecks, and wanting some fresh air, steadied himself against the quarterdeck's starboard carronade.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • That way I can think instead of talk, and sit outside instead of being cooped up in a shade-drawn room.

    Beach Road

  • Indoors, cooped up with people, Anna had missed it.

    Blood Lure

  • I was sick of the weather, tired of Oxford, irritated by the demands of my tutors, prickly from being cooped up inside, hungry, tired, and generally ill-tempered.

    The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • The British might possess the greatest navy and the strongest economy in the world, yet they were terrified of the small fat man cooped up in Saint Helena's Longwood, and maybe they were terrified enough to allow Bautista to tie two British subjects to wooden stakes and blow their souls into eternity at the mouths of loaded cannons.

    Sharpe's Devil

  • Owing to the number of ad hoc miscellaneous units Chuikov had cooped up in isolated parts of the city, this habit resulted in an estimate of the Russian strength five or six times greater than the true figure.


  • This woman spends her whole day cooped up in a bookstore, laser-scanning barcode after barcode, and the minute she sees something that, through countless idiot technicalities, does not meet company standards, she uses it to screw someone over, just to add a little excitement to her life.


  • "I know you don't want to be cooped up in this hotel, but if we go anywhere, someone'll spot us and want a statement."

    Grave Surprise

  • Maeiam was relieved when the fighting subsided again, mostly because they no longer had to be cooped up with Rasheed, with his sour temper infecting the household.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns


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