pigeonhole

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pigeonhole

a hole or recess in a dovecote for pigeons to nest in
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pigeonhole

1. One of a series of small compartments.
2. A seat in the top row of a gallery or in the uppermost gallery in a theater.
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References in classic literature ?
Amy's chief delight was an Indian cabinet, full of queer drawers, little pigeonholes, and secret places, in which were kept all sorts of ornaments, some precious, some merely curious, all more or less antique.
Tell Inspector Patterson that the papers which he needs to convict the gang are in pigeonhole M., done up in a blue envelope and inscribed "Moriarty." I made every disposition of my property before leaving England, and handed it to my brother Mycroft.
Hale said he would preserve it as a literary curiosity, and shoved it away in a pigeonhole. Then we promptly forgot its existence.