chain (someone or something) to (something)

chain (someone or something) to (something)

To fasten or anchor something in place with chains. While this phrase is used literally in reference to objects, it can also be humorously or hyperbolically applied to people. Chain your bike to the rack so that no one steals it while you're shopping. I'm going to chain you to your desk if you don't sit down and work on your book report!
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chain something to something

to connect things together with chains. We chained all the bicycles to one another so no one could steal them. We will have to chain the lawn furniture to a tree if we leave it out while we are on vacation.
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