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[mass noun] Extreme or irrational fear of confined places.‘the small stuffy room had begun to give him claustrophobia’
- ‘The panic attacks are sometimes accompanied by claustrophobia but not always.’
- ‘Early on he overcomes his choking claustrophobia, finding welcome relief from the chaos above ground in unexpected places.’
- ‘Once again, I found myself in the main hall, and I suddenly became overcome by claustrophobia.’
- ‘In such a situation there are two enemies that a pilot must struggle with - vertigo and claustrophobia.’
- ‘The high-risk hobby inherently plays to the age-old horror themes of claustrophobia and fear of the unknown.’
- ‘Among the most common manifestations of previous torture are panic attacks, insomnia and claustrophobia.’
- ‘The handheld camera and jumpy editing style create a mood of claustrophobia.’
- ‘Her subject was her own upbringing, given voice in complex pieces dealing with domestic claustrophobia and repression.’
- ‘Outside the feeling of claustrophobia hadn't lifted.’
- ‘Sometimes there's an element of claustrophobia that enters when you're on an airplane, and then there's no place to get off and go.’
- ‘Word had it that he was suffering from both agoraphobia and claustrophobia and was constantly running in and out of the house.’
- ‘It's a fine example of claustrophobia, and of horror.’
- ‘I also have to get CT scans and immediately think of the big machine that swallows you up whole, causing big-time claustrophobia.’
- ‘One after another, he charged up the stone steps, oblivious to any claustrophobia from the narrow passage.’
- ‘The themes of confinement and claustrophobia are evident in almost every scene.’
- ‘We saw magnificent sites, endured bouts of car claustrophobia, and encountered extremes of weather.’
- ‘The only minor cavil I have with it is that it did not give feel of cramped space and claustrophobia inherent in the real thing, which I have seen and experienced.’
- ‘Such feelings are usually accompanied by throat-constricting claustrophobia.’
- ‘A wave of claustrophobia hits her, and she slams her foot on the brake.’
- ‘I do not suffer from claustrophobia, but I came pretty close to contracting it back in row 23.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Latin claustrum lock, bolt + -phobia.
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