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double bind

A no-win situation. When both of Sally's jobs scheduled her to work on the same day, she was put in a double bind. She needed both incomes and could not afford to lose either position.
See also: bind, double

bind someone or something down

to tie or secure someone or something to something. Bind the tarpaulin so it won't get away. We will bind down the patient tightly. They bound the hatch down so it could not be opened.
See also: bind, down

bind someone or something together

to tie the parts of something together; to tie a number of things or people together. Can you bind together all three parts? Bind these two bandits together and lead them to jail.
See also: bind, together

bind someone or something up (in something)

 and bind someone or something up (with something)
to tie someone or something up in something. They bound the books up in leather straps. I will bind up the larger sticks in strong cord.
See also: bind, up

bind someone over (to someone or something)

to deliver someone to some legal authority; to deliver someone to some legal authority. (A legal usage.) They bound the suspect over to the sheriff. The sheriff will bind over the suspect to the county jail.
See also: bind

bound hand and foot

with hands and feet tied up. The robbers left us bound hand and foot. We remained bound hand and foot until the police found us and untied us.
See also: and, bound, foot, hand

*in a bind

 and *in a jam
Fig. in a tight or difficult situation; stuck on a problem. (*Typically: be ~; get [into] ~; find oneself ~.) I'm in a bind. I owe a lot of money. Whenever I get into a jam, I ask my supervisor for help. When things get busy around here, we get in a bind. We could use another helper.
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in a bind

forced to deal with a difficult situation Ashworth felt he was in a bind, with two completely different sets of directions he was supposed to follow.
Related vocabulary: in a tight spot
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a double bind

a situation in which you cannot succeed because whatever you decide to do, there will be bad results Women find themselves in a double bind. If they stay at home with their kids they're regarded as non-achievers and if they go out to work, people say they're neglecting their family.
See also: bind, double

bind over

Oblige someone to do or not do something; hold on bail or keep under bond. For example, The sheriff will bind over the murder suspect to the homicide division. This phrase is nearly always used in a legal context. [Late 1500s]
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bound hand and foot

Wholly obligated, unable to free oneself. For example, These rules have us bound hand and foot; we can't even discuss the matter. This term transfers the literal meaning, having one's hands and feet tied and therefore unable to move, to legal, moral, or social obligations. The expression dates from the 10th century a.d.
See also: and, bound, foot, hand

in a bind

Also, in a box or hole or jam or tight corner or tight spot . In a difficult, threatening, or embarrassing position; also, unable to solve a dilemma. For example, He's put us in a bind: we can't refuse, but at the same time we can't fill the order, or Jim's in a box; he can't afford to pay what he owes us, or He quit without giving notice and now we're really in a hole, or We always end up in a jam during the holiday season, or He's in a tight corner with those new customers, or We'll be in a tight spot unless we can find another thousand dollars. All these colloquial terms allude to places from which one can't easily extricate oneself. The phrase using bind was first recorded in 1851; box, 1865; jam, 1914; tight spot, 1852. Also see in a fix.
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bind off

To secure some number of stitches in knitting and form an edge by lifting one stitch over the next: Bind off 12 stitches on the next row to make the neck edge. Make 5 stitches on the next row and bind them off. The scarf is long enough, so you can bind off.
See also: bind, off

bind over

To put someone under a financial obligation as a guarantee of that person's appearance at trial or of his or her good behavior for a period of time: I was arrested for littering, and the court bound me over to keep the peace for six months. After a brief hearing, the judge bound over the accused murderer for trial and set the bail at one million dollars.
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n. a problem; a wrinkle. Unfortunately, a new bind has slowed down the project.
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The authority to bind and loose is securely located in Matthean Christology and in this Gospel's christological understanding of eschatology and salvation history.
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This technology has enormous potential to create important targeted therapeutics across a range of drug classes, including peptides, proteins, small molecules and siRNA," said Omid Farokhzad, BIND Scientific Founder and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.
In other words, do cells employ RNAs to bind to small molecules?
Some bacteria can even bind to heavy metals such as mercury--a trick that researchers at the University of California, Riverside are now exploiting for treating contaminated water.
The human diet contains estrogenic compounds that can bind to estrogen receptors in the body, and much research has focused on whether dietary estrogens can influence the development of cancer.
The scientists sifted through this bacterial library to isolate the microbes that bind to gold particles.
The binding of the ligand causes a conformational change in the receptor that enables the estrogen/estrogen receptor complex to bind as a homodimer ([Alpha]/[Alpha] or [Beta]/[Beta]) or heterodimer ([Alpha]/[Beta]) (8) to specific sites on the DNA, the estrogen response element (ERE) (9,10).
E[acute accent]SAAC, Molecular Insight's unique metal-binding chemistry platform technology, incorporates a metal-binding (chelating) group into a single amino acid construct that can rapidly and efficiently bind to medically useful isotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic uses.
The resulting dendrimer has a cavity at its center that can bind target molecules.
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Eberwine's group has identified about 100 mRNAs that bind to FMRP in nerve cells or their dendrites.