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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If this be true, the Republic is closer to its end than its beginning, when Thomas Jefferson said, "In questions of power, let us hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution.
The battle is set between His hidden Kingdom and those evil spiritual forces which lure men on toward false hopes, or bind them down to apathy, indifference and despair.