One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Keep someone or something inside a place so as not to be seen or contacted by other people.‘she supposes that Mrs Tilney was shut away in her bedroom chamber’
confine, isolate, cloister, sequester, seclude, closet, immureView synonyms
- ‘In the worst cases, sufferers can shut themselves away indoors, shunning all social contact.’
- ‘She knew her daughter very well, too, despite how Kimberly tried to hide from her, shut herself away.’
- ‘The grand building will close its doors for the final time on Tuesday shutting away 115 years of history.’
- ‘A woman was ordered into her basement by two burglars who left her shut away whilst they looted her Whitton home last Friday evening.’
- ‘Filmed through the bars they appear to have been shut away in a camp already.’
- ‘With the years, Highsmith became ever more like Tom Ripley shut away from humankind in his train compartment, ever more apart.’
- ‘He was a real human being who didn't shut himself away.’
- ‘I cannot believe how my Aunt shut her away like that.’
- ‘Please don't punish your cat by shutting him/her away.’
- ‘The unlucky ones were herded aboard two small freighters, where they were shut away in total darkness in the cargo holds.’
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