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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpent-uppent-up /ˌpent ˈʌp◂/ adjective  HIDE/NOT SHOWpent-up feelings or energy have not been expressed or used for a long time years of pent-up anger and frustration
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pent-upYears of pent-up anger and frustration came out as she cried.And they are surprised to learn that boys who lack assertiveness often express their pent-up anger by being ineffectual.Seventy years of empty store shelves have created great pent-up demand for consumer goods, including electronics.The collapse of the Berlin Wall released a pent-up demand for consumer goodsA lot of pent-up emotion there, he thought.This team has borne a lot of pent-up emotions.Suddenly, as Sophie pulled into the drive of Broom House, her pent-up feelings collapsed into cold black depression.All that pent-up rage, kicking the bicycle rack ... but proper competitors were supposed to be aggressive.We did not exactly quarrel, but we started unloading pent-up resentments and frustrations.
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