Can "enclose" be used instead of "shut" in this sentence?

The boy did not obey his parents, so, they decided to enclose him in the house for two days.

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    That's not really a metaphor. Dec 31 '15 at 10:25
  • You can find the meanings of enclose in many dictionaries. And while enclose is possible in this sentence (meaning contain), it is unnatural and I wouldn't recommend it.
    – GoDucks
    Dec 31 '15 at 13:24

To my AmE ear, enclose would not sound correct though from a dictionary perspective you might be convinced to use it.

To enclose is to surround and animals are kept in enclosures, but not people unless meant in a derogatory way.

The animals enclosures at the zoo have been updated.
The Bengal tigers are kept enclosed in the Tiger House.

Your original use of shut would be more correct, but sounds severe and punitive

He was shut in prison for doing the crime.
Shut-ins can refer to people with mobility problems.

For a child, keep would be better

They decided to keep him indoors for two days for being naughty.
They grounded him for two day by keeping him indoors.

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