bind (something or someone) down

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bind (something or someone) down

To anchor or fasten something or someone in place. You need to bind down the shed in the backyard before the big storm. Can you please bind down the baby in her highchair?
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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.
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let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
As James Madison advised us, we must "hear no more talk of trust in man, but bind him down with the chains of the Constitution.
In 1798 Thomas Jefferson wrote: "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
In questions of power," said Thomas Jefferson, "let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief, by the chains of the Constitution.
In quest of power, then,'' he wrote, ``let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man; but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
In questions of power," Thomas Jefferson wisely warned, "let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.
It was Jefferson himself who said: "In questions of power then let no more be heard of confidence in man; but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.