2 verb
bottle2 [transitive]
1DFD to put a liquid, especially wine or beer, into a bottle after you have made it:
The whisky is bottled here before being sent abroad.
2DFC British English to put vegetables or fruit into special glass containers in order to preserve them [= can American English]

bottle out

phrasal verb
also bottle it to suddenly decide not to do something because you are frightened [= cop out]:
'Did you tell him?' 'No, I bottled out at the last minute.'

bottle something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to deliberately not allow yourself to show a strong feeling or emotion:
It is far better to cry than to bottle up your feelings.
2 to cause problems by delaying something:
The bill has been bottled up in Congress.

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