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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.
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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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Feedback on some unmet needs in LF binding analysis are listed, these highlighted the inability to adequately measure the kinetics of compound binding to cells.
Binding of application forms of NET qualified candidates (A-3 size) (Sample may be seen at branch office of UGC at Dhaula Kuan)
368-1(e)(2)(iii)(C) states that contracts that provide for contingent consideration will generally not qualify under the binding contract rule.
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putting employees who submit suggestions on clear notice that decisions made under the suggestion plan are final and binding.
To further demonstrate the implication of a membrane binding site, we used a binding assay method based on the interaction of E-HRP as a specific probe to detect [E.
Because the heel is free with telemark bindings you genuflect on one bent knee to turn when going downhill.
Receptor binding properties of human and animal H1 influenza virus isolates.
Following Yale's announcement, however, the University of Pennsylvania defended its current binding Early Decision program.
Therefore, substrate binding was examined by model building substrates and substrate analogs into the active site cleft of the structure (35).
Currently, the most widely accepted explanation for the drug-binding defect in uremic serum is the accumulation of endogenous binding inhibitors, often referred to as "uremic toxins" [4, 6-10].
But in 5:17-19 "loosing" the commandments is contrasted not with binding them but with doing ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) them and teaching ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) them.
Issued claims cover methods for identifying target sequences, within any gene, that will serve as preferred binding sites for zinc finger DNA-binding proteins and methods for designing zinc finger DNA-binding protein transcription factors that bind tightly and specifically to these preferred sites.
The binding of gene regulatory proteins to DNA often results in a deformation of the DNA.
The IRS is conducting a two-year pilot program under which a taxpayer and the IRS Office of Appeals can jointly request binding arbitration in certain cases.