Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

bottle (it/things) up

bottle upbottle it upbottle things up
Meaning(s)
1) stop yourself from expressing or showing something
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    • bottle up your true feelings about something/someone
  • Analysis
    To 'bottle up something means to contain a feeling or emotion and to avoid expressing it. When you 'bottle up' something you internalise your feelings and keep them guarded against others.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. A lot of people are not honest about how they feel. Instead they choose to bottle up their true emotions.
    2. Emily never wants to talk about the accident. It cannot be good for her to bottle things up like that.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I don't want anyone in the office to harbour resentments. If you have an issue with someone, let them know instead of bottling it up and allowing it to fester.
    2. I have kept it bottled up for long enough. I have to tell you that I am having some personal issues at home and I am struggling with my workload at the moment.
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