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claustrophobia

an abnormal fear of being closed in or of being in a confined space
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claustrophobia

[‚klȯs·trə′fō·bē·ə]
(psychology)
An abnormal fear of confined spaces.
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Dubai resident Nada Al Zarooni said: I may not be medically claustrophobic, but about three years ago, I started feeling uncomfortable taking the elevator at work.
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Watson, 21, who felt that she would not be left alone if she stayed in the UK, opted out of enrolling in prestigious Cambridge University as she wanted to be "normal" for a while.I suddenly felt very claustrophobic. I thought, 'I can't stay here, I won't be able to concentrate, I won't be left alone'," Contactmusic quoted her as saying.
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Quite apart from the steep stairs, the claustrophobic feel of the WH Smith store itself is a big turn-off.
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The potentially claustrophobic narrowness of the interior is mitigated by not only its height, but also by the physical and visual lightness of the polycarbonate skin.