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Would you be kind enough to give me your considered opinion concerning the interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentences?
I want to take his powers away from him; and how I am going to do it? I’ve boxed the compass, trying to figure out how it can be done legally…. (U. Sinclair, “Oil”)
We more or less boxed the compass on this, trying to guess which order he belonged to. (E. O. Connor, “The Edge of Sadness”)
box the compass = describe a full circle, enumerate consecutively the points of the compass