i wonder if I use stapled shut in public, would people understand what i meant??
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I think so.
In what context? Usually, staples hold things (like sheets of paper) together, and they aren't used to close something. Something "nailed shut" would make sense.
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stapled shut means to shut the market or relation and to hide and seal yourself away... Now Is it okay?
I won't tell you it's not okay, because you seem to be using it as a metaphor, and there's a lot of leeway in how you can use metaphors. But it doesn't fit an image that I know. You can say someone has closed a chapter (if you mean a relationship) or shut someone out (if you mean not wanting to interact with other people).

Why don't you write your full sentence, or even your paragraph, and then we'll have more to base our opinions on.
ok its not my sentence its from a lyric of course its a metaphor whats wrong? HERE'S THE LINES..

Section off myself
Put a wall up/What the hell have I done
Keep the dog at bay
Survive by saving me!
Values and the game
Not a fuck-up - Not a part of your lie
I am one, I am all - I'm above and beyond!
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sorry i mixed up with my another ques..wait..
Here's the right lines as for you..


Stapled shut, inside an outside world and I'm
Sealed in tight, bizarre but right at home
Claustrophobic, closing in and I'm
Catostrophic, not again
I'm smeared across the page, and doused in gasoline
I wear you like a stain, yet I'm the one who's obscene
Catch me upon all your sordid little insurrections,
I've got no time to lose, I'm just caught up in all the cattle
Song lyrics, like other forms of poetry, take all kinds of liberties with common usage of language.

I don't know why you say say "of course it's a metaphor" as if I should have known better when your original post simply asked if you could use it, without any context at all, and I had to ask to get your meaning.

If you said "I'm stapled shut" and expected people to know that you meant "I'm not open to the idea of interacting with you" then you will have made a bad choice. No, they will not get your meaning. If you sing the entire song to them, then perhaps they will.

Choosing lyrics - as well as dialogue from books or television shows - as a way to understand English is a hard way to go about things. They often use terrible grammar, incomplete thoughts, and intentionally apply meanings to words that are more often used in other ways.
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