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claustrophobia


I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
  abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
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  • I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
  • She avoids flying because she has a bit of claustrophobia.
  • The space gets tighter, more claustrophobic as people arrive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • It is a case of claustrophobia, he feels as though he is suffocating here and wants to get out at any price.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • The alley is so narrow that claustrophobia threatens me again and my palms turn wet with perspiration while drops of sweat gather in my armpits.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • "I get freaked out in small spaces," Josie said. "I can’t do this."
    "You’re claustrophobic?"
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • This one was much smaller, though the ceiling was quite as high it gave the claustrophobic sense of being stuck at the bottom of a deep well.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Unable to grasp the benefits of the inflatable chamber and terrified of it, Ngawang asked that a Buddhist lama be summoned, and before consenting to being zipped into its claustrophobic interior, he requested that prayer books be placed in the bag with him.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • ...as he tossed in his bed, the sheet twisted around him like a shroud, suffocatingly. He fought the sheet, filled suddenly with the terror of claustrophobia, being buried alive.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Spice and Thyme was one of those huge gourmet food stores designed to feel small and cozy, with narrow aisles, dim lighting, and stuff stacked up everywhere you turned. Personally, it made me feel claustrophobic, especially during Christmas, when it was twice as crowded as usual.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key

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  • We’d rolled the windows down — the Suburban was a bit claustrophobic with nine people in it — and I tried to absorb as much sunlight as possible.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • "Too many people," Hunter said automatically. "Don’t you ever feel as though they’re using up your air?"
    She wouldn’t have put it that way, would never have thought of it, but there were times she felt a twinge of what might be called claustrophobia.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Like, is it possible to be claustrophobic and yet fear open spaces, too? I mean, elevators panic me.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • The sun has disappeared and the clouds are low, pressing downward, almost claustrophobic.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • "I’m claustrophobic," I said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Sharks, Connor once read, have a deadly form of claustrophobia.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Sometimes that room, huge as it was, made me feel claustrophobic.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I’ll admit that there’s a cluttered extravagance to the house that some might find claustrophobic—the journalist who came to the house wandered from room to room with her mouth agape—but my home is clean.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • From the eighteenth-story windows, I can see the afternoon sun bathing the city in a warm glow, making New York feel cozy somehow, but making the suite feel claustrophobic and hot.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I was really good at it, primarily because I, unlike most kids of four or five, had the then-peculiar ability to be extremely quiet for long periods of time, and also because I suffered from absolutely no trace of anything resembling claustrophobia: I could wedge myself into the smallest rear-closet crawl space and stay there for twenty or thirty minutes, not making a sound, having the time of my life.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • My mouth and eyes were soon full of sand and I was beginning to suffer from claustrophobia, for the tunnel was just big enough to admit me.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • An aunt of mine remembers his coming to dinner and continually breaking into song, but many of his dark claustrophobic pieces in Residence on Earth were written here, poems that saw this landscape governed by a crowded surrealism—full of vegetable oppressiveness.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Since Thomas was born, he and Treena had moved into the bigger room, and I was in the box room, which was small enough to make you feel claustrophobic should you sit in it for more than half an hour at a time.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The front hall still smelled of coffee and toast, which ordinarily struck her as cozy but today made her feel claustrophobic.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • His words throw me for a loop and I’m suddenly feeling claustrophobic and sweaty.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • We followed our guide single file—the aisle was not wide enough for two—fighting back the claustrophobia of these platforms rising everywhere above us.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • A lovely phosphorescence enveloped her face as the train plunged toward sunlight, out of the claustrophobic tunnel and into the marshy maritime reaches of south Brooklyn.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The idea fills me with claustrophobic panic: a school with nothing in it but girls would be like a trap.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Leo could still see open sky above him, but claustrophobia started to set in, making it hard for him to breathe.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I experienced a heady sense of freedom at being out from under Dougal’s influence and the claustrophobic company of so many men.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My claustrophobia threatened to kick in.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • There was no point dwelling on my unreasoning horror of a large public wedding—enclosed spaces, claustrophobia, sudden movements, phobic triggers everywhere, for some reason the subway didn’t bother me so much it had more to do with crowded buildings, always expecting something to happen, the puff of smoke, the fast-running man at the crowd’s margin, I couldn’t even bear being in a movie theater if there were more than ten or fifteen people in it, I would turn around with my fully paid…
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • The claustrophobic tunnels, foul air, suffocating darkness on all sides.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • A low ceiling gave the room an air of intimacy verging on the claustrophobic.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Not claustrophobic people, Tris!
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Now the dorm seemed so small and claustrophobic.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • An onrushing sense of claustrophobia stifled him, compressed his lungs, as if water filled their cavities.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • He pushes the door shut behind me and I immediately feel the air change, grow close and claustrophobic.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • A wave of claustrophobia closed in on him.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It’s more than the reinforced elevator, or the claustrophobia of being so far underground, or the caustic smell of antiseptic.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • When it is dark, the darkness is claustrophobic.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Pillsbury lay panting in the darkness, listening to the bombs coming, feeling claustrophobic, his mind flashing with images of bombs entombing them.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Also, I felt claustrophobic and hot.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • I always remembered that, and I think that’s why I’m claustrophobic today, because I didn’t know what death was.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • At times he glared at the dark, claustrophobic houses and wished that he were free of the city.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The constantly broken-down elevators forced residents to climb claustrophobic, urine-scented stairways.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • And there is often a sense of transcendent claustrophobia, of a shortening horizon, and always a sense of struggle against the tyranny of circumstance—often depicted as a never named sinister male figure who looms.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Feeling a little short of breath and claustrophobic I asked, "Do we ever get out of here?"
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • The feeling of claustrophobia is externalized as dislike for the people you happen to be shut in with.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
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Associated words [difficulty]:   claustrophobia [2] , phobia [5] , xenophobia [7] , agoraphobia [8] , acrophobia [9]
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