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claustrophobia

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Definition abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • She avoids flying because she has a bit of claustrophobia.
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • ...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
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobic = fearful from being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobic = uncomfortable or afraid from being closed in a confined space
  • "I get freaked out in small spaces," Josie said. "I can't do this."
    "You're claustrophobic?"
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • claustrophobic = having an abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobic = causing discomfort or fear from being closed in a confined space
  • The space gets tighter, more claustrophobic as people arrive.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • claustrophobic = causing discomfort or fear from being in a confined space
  • "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
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • 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
  • claustrophobic = causing fear of being closed in a confined space
  • Then, in that suffocating darkness, having to go but not daring to pee in the chamber pot for fear the men might hear a drip in the walls-though God knows, he and Mundo soundproofed this room enough so that there is no ventilation at all-in that growing claustrophobia, he hears her say distinctly, "Victor!"
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
  • It struck him then that the recreation room was almost like a vault; he had always felt mildly claustrophobic in the room.
    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
  • Like, is it possible to be claustrophobic and yet fear open spaces, too? I mean, elevators panic me.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • I tried to heed Rob's advice, but my latent claustrophobia prevailed. When I clamped the mask over my nose and mouth I kept imagining that it was suffocating me, so after a miserable hour I took it off and spent the rest of the night without gas, breathlessly flopping and fidgeting, checking my watch every twenty minutes to see if it was time to get up yet.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • 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
  • It was all over, and yet now her life felt more claustrophobic than ever.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Baby makes three, and even though he's little, his presence in this cramped one-bedroom makes the place even more claustrophobic.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass

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