he seemed caged

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She had become more conscious of her body over the last year –over the last six months, actually, as it began to curve and become more womanly. The mirror was one reason for this heightened consciousness, of course, but not the main one; the main one was that her father seemed even sharper just lately, more apt to use his slapping hand or even his fists. He seemed restless, almost caged, and she was more and more nervous when she was around him, more and more on her mark.
Source: It by Stephen King

What does caged mean?

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  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    A lion in Africa can be restless. It will move around. A lion in a cage will move around a lot more: to and fro constantly. Its restlessness looks mentally unhealthy.
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