My two kids are arguing at the dinner table. Driving my wife, me, and their grandfather mad. The living room has a 'room' sort of attached to it, but no door, just a window into it. It's accessible via the kitchen. We call it the 'back room' . I say maybe we should annex them in the back room and then get crucified by my wife and her dad for improper use of annex as it means to join and not to split. I get that, but I felt/feel that using annex in the context I described was OK.

If you have a group of people and within that group there is a smaller group of people you want to separate but keep close, (i.e. two annoying kids), is it fair use of English to say we should annex them?

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    Your family is right; 'annex' means to attach another group to your own, not separate them. BTW, it's 'driving my wife and me mad'. – Kate Bunting Jan 1 '18 at 9:30

It appears that, perhaps unintentionally, you are using annex in a neologistic way ("To put in the annex"), in a similar way to saying "Maybe we should back-room them".

But because annex as a verb already has an established meaning, you can't make it mean what you want. This is especially true when the meaning you intend is entirely opposed to the established meaning.

You need a word which does not have that established meaning — perhaps even "back-room", which is a noun that might stand being verbed.

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